A note from Sarah Kurfis, Executive Director, Collingwood Arts Center
Dear Community Members,
Since 1985, the Collingwood Arts Center (CAC) has been the home of many talented artists whose works do Toledo proud. Our building was finished in 1906. Due to our limited budget, we have been unable to upgrade the building. This has left us with significant electrical and plumbing issues that make it unsuitable to house full-time residents in 2014. As a result, the CAC will be ending our residency program.
Arriving at this decision was very difficult. This decision directly affects 28 artists that live and work within our facility. Many have been with us for years. On January 21, 2014, a meeting was held to explain the decision to our resident artists and to share community resources that will help with the transition. Throughout the next few weeks, the CAC administration and board members will be actively assisting our residents find new housing arrangements and maintaining studio space at the CAC.
Many things will stay the same at the CAC. This will not affect our studio artists and the Lois M. Nelson Theater will remain available for productions, concerts and ceremonies. CAC will still be home to Children’s Theatre Workshop, Northwest Ohio Community Shares, and the Toledo Pride 419 community center.
Still, this transformation is the first step in an overall strategy to ensure that CAC remains an integral part of the Toledo community. Moving forward, the CAC plans to offer art-based programming and create new public spaces for community engagement and creativity. CAC will also be embarking on a capital campaign to restore and maintain our historic building.
We look forward to continuing to work with our local artists and community members to make the CAC a space that benefits the entire community. We’re planning great things in the future and hope that you will be a part of it.