Castle Arts Community

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The Castle Community (CC) will execute a master lease for a large portion of the second floor to a nonprofit Castle Arts Community (CAC) that will then lease the Creative Studios and oversee the programming of the CC Studio and CAC Gallery spaces. The AC will attract artists, creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and the unknown. The Castle Arts Community will offer memberships to creative individuals and small organizations which include options for a studio space on the second floor, priority access to larger shared studio space, classroom, and gallery spaces, shared artistic and professional resources, and other membership perks.

Arts Collaborative Creative Studios

Five studio spaces will line the North side of the second floor space. CC will offer these private studios for rent, available exclusively to CAC members. The spaces will be constructed with glass walls and doors to allow maximum natural light to pass through into the main space. The use of glass will also allow for people in the Castle Community Commons to see into the Studios and interact with working artists. 

Art Gallery

The Castle Arts Community will work together to program the art gallery (approximately 600 square feet) on the Northeast side of the third floor. The gallery space will have multiple uses. It will be up to the CAC members and staff to determine the use of the space, including but not limited to gallery exhibitions (CAC member art, local art, traveling exhibits, etc…), lectures, classes, and workshops. The gallery will also be available for use as a unique venue for intimate meetings, private dining, and small events. 

Community meeting space

The community meeting space will occupy the space on the Southeast corner of the third floor. This space will be available for community members to use free of charge, based on availability. CAC members and the Bookstore will have priority in booking this space for collaborative work, classes, workshops, artist lectures, author events, etc…

Castle Arts Community Shared Resources

The CAC Shared Resources encompass a variety of benefits to Arts Collaborative Members. AC staff will provide ongoing professional development for AC members, including portfolio development, marketing support, grant-writing assistance, curatorial guidance, publishing services. The CC Studio will serve as a space for artists to work collaboratively or explore new methods of art making in a variety of classes and workshops. The Southwest corner of the second floor houses a darkroom for traditional photography methods and will be available for use exclusively to AC members. As AC membership grows, the members themselves will become resources for one another, offering new perspectives, opportunity for dialogue and critical reviews, creating a thriving arts community, working together to support one another.

the Art Store

The Art Store will offer an opportunity for CAC members to sell their work (on consignment) in a retail space. Additional items for sale would include locally-made goods, artist-made merchandise and gift items, a limited selection of art materials, and a space for local makers to present a pop-up retail showcase. The Art Store will also feature an “art bar” where patrons can create an original work of art with supplied materials and instruction from staff.

An unlimited inventory of art materials will be available for purchase via special order, with a significant discount offered to CAC members and students.