REO Town's Reach Studio Art Center is growing right out of its current location.
"We're completely bursting at the seams," says Reach Outreach Coordinator Jeana-Dee Rogers. "When people want to donate things we often have to say we just don't have any place to put anything. Most of our programs are full way before the start date."
That's why the local arts non-profit has kicked off their "Expanding our Reach" campaign to raise funds for a new location. While two different potential locations are under review, Reach plans least triple their current 1,000 square foot space. Though the exact location is undecided, the center does not have any plans to leave the neighborhood.
"We absolutely are staying in REO Town
," say Rogers. "We have so many students and neighbors here we just couldn't keep our programming and mission going without them close by."
The "Expanding our Reach" campaign has a goal of $350,000. The Capital Region Community Foundation
recently contributed $75,000 to the fund through an Impact Grant. Reach hopes to complete their campaign and be in their new location by the end of 2012.
The new center will allow Reach to expand their programming, specifically into the digital arts.
"We want to keep our students interested in the arts of traditional craftspeople, but also get them integrated with computers and technology," Rogers says. "We want to make sure we're equipping them to do the kinds of things they'll need growing up in 2012."