See Renderings of proposed building changes, hear what’s in store

The future Waterfall Arts, to be unveiled...

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 8:45am

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256 High Street
Belfast  Maine
United States

BELFAST —  The public is invited to Waterfall Arts to find out what’s in store for the future of Waterfall Arts and the former Governor Anderson School, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.

Waterfall Arts’ capital campaign, Waterfall Rising, is entering its public phase and the organization plans to break ground in August 2020.

This event will give the community a chance to learn firsthand about the exciting changes Waterfall Arts has in store for the building and why they matter, according to Waterfall Arts, in a news release. Various local dignitaries and community members will speak at the event. Renderings of the proposed changes, designed by OPAL, will be available to peruse. Members of the Waterfall Rising committee will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is free and open to the public. More information is available here.

The proposed changes will shift the look and feel of this prominent historical building — one of the first buildings people see when coming into town from Route 1, according to Waterfall. Ensuring that Waterfall Arts’ programs and events are accessible to all, as well as securing the sustainability of the aging building, are the key motivating factors behind this campaign. 

Waterfall Arts’ Capital Campaign has reached a critical juncture and the organization plans to break ground in August 2020. The organization has already raised $1.2 million of the $2.6 million needed to complete the project, including a $350,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has provided arts programming to Waldo County and beyond. Originally located at Kingdom Falls, in Montville, Waterfall Arts moved into the Anderson School in 2006. Since then, Waterfall Arts has continued to patch and paint the building while thousands of community members participate in its programs.

“Thanks to lively local community, Waterfall Arts continues to thrive and grow, however, the beloved Anderson School (built in 1935) is deeply in need of a massive revitalization in order to rise to the future and continue to meet the needs of Waldo County and beyond,” said Waterfall.

Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals, and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Opportunities include classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, open community studios (clay, print, and darkroom photography), public art projects, and more.

For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.