Arts Council of Lake Oswego fundraises for new home
The Arts Council of Lake Oswego's year-end giving campaign will be a bit different this year. The nonprofit, nestled away on 1st Street, needed to find a new home after it was plagued with plumbing and sewer issues.
"As far as we can tell, the sewer line has disintegrated in (the) south end of the building," said Nicole Nathan, executive director of the ACLO. "You can't run a business without a restroom, especially a gallery with all of our events and all the things we do."
The ACLO plans to focus this year's fundraising efforts on support for the relocation of the gallery and office to a space that was previously occupied by Wishbone Home and Design at 41 B Ave.
The goal is to raise $15,000 to fund improvements to the new storefront including a redesign to accommodate the office, work area and gallery, demo expenses to help transform the retail space into a gallery, as well as paint, light and office furnishings.
According to Nathan, the current ACLO building and the new building are both slated for redevelopment as part of the North Anchor project — a mixed-use project that would transform part of 1st Street and B Avenue into a vibrant retail core.
The ACLO plans to move into the new City Hall building after it's completed in 2021.
Nathan said the new office on B Avenue — though also temporary — is slightly larger than the ACLO's current building and it has a nice storefront and street presence.
People can still park in the public parking area outside of the current space, as well as on the street in front of the new building.
While the new storefront is a good option, there are challenges with the timing of the improvements.
"It's not like you can just walk into any sort of space and you're ready to go. While it's great because it was a retail space, we need to fix some walls and do a little bit of build out to make it habitable and to make it serve the needs that we have as the Arts Council — so that includes being able to host our events, have a kitchen, have office space," Nathan said.
The crew expects to be moved into the new space in January.
"I think this is a real opportunity for the community to come together to support the things that we do," Nathan added. "It also falls end-of-year. People want to get their (tax) deductions in before the end of (the) year so I think that's a great opportunity for folks, but we have to raise it fast."
Robin Krakauer, who's in charge of development and communications at the ACLO, said the ACLO would like to raise the $15,000 by the end of the year, but depending on how things go, they may keep the campaign running through January.
People can make a one-time donation or recurring donation at artscouncillo.org/year-end-giving
"We've been one of the only arts galleries in Lake Oswego so part of our mission is to make sure that art stays in our community," Krakauer said. "So we need to keep that mission going."
The Holiday Marketplace, which opened Nov. 30, was unaffected by the move and will run through Dec. 28 as planned.
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