By: iO Staff, September 20, 2012
Courtesy Cultural Center of Cape Cod - The planned educational wing will replace a building currently occupied by the Owl Club.
After less than six years in operation, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth will break ground on a new education wing on Thursday, September 20 in order to meet escalating demand for services from artists and patrons across the region.
Grants from the Yarmouth Community Preservation Committee and the Massachusetts Cultural Facility Fund, plus donations from a broad range of supporters, provided sufficient funds for the cultural center to hire Davenport Building Company to complete a weather-tight facility in 2013.
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The center has not yet raised the entire $1.5 million needed for the new wing, but is able to proceed with construction due to the contractor’s support of the project, affordable building materials from Habitat for Humanity, and labor provided by qualified inmates under the supervision of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department.
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod will continue to fund the project through its ongoing events, gallery and venue rentals, art sales, gift shop, annual appeal, membership program and development efforts.
Phase one of the project involves the construction of a weather-tight facility and building connector between the wing and the main building; new septic system and parking lot; landscaping and exterior lighting.
Phase two will consist of finishing the interior. Given the center’s fundraising plans, phase one is likely to segue without interruption into phase two.
Phase three will consist of equipping specialty studios requested by thousands of high school students when the center surveyed them in 2010, primarily a recording studio and a culinary arts center.
Other features of the new wing will include a pottery studio, music practice rooms, and other areas for the “dirty and noisy” arts in the basement; a dividable great hall for classes, performances, and special events on the ground floor, and six artist’s studios on the second floor.
The construction project will begin with the demolition of the building that now exists on the building site—the Owl Club—which once housed a men’s social club and, subsequently, a dance studio but which is now beyond renovation and must be torn down. Although the demolition date has not yet been set, it is likely to take place in early October.
Having secured the approval of the local and state historical commissions and the Cape Cod Commission, the cultural center staff is eager to begin the work that will relieve some of the enormous demand on the main facility.
The Cultural Center hosts over 800 events each year, including over 80 art exhibits, said Executive Director Robert M. Nash in a release to the press.
“We are thrilled at the idea that we’ll have the space we need to serve the community even better than we have to date," Nash said. "We are both an arts center and a community center with a democratic attitude and a mission to serve people will all interests, abilities, and incomes, so it’s no surprise that we receive requests for service every day of the week. More space will mean we can do even more to serve. And that’s a good thing for everyone.”