The Sebastopol Center for the Arts has announced plans to relocate in a much larger new space. The non-profit has leased the 17,800 square foot Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Sebastopol and plans to begin remodeling in July for an anticipated fall move-in and grand opening.
"The move to this facility more than doubles our space and will provide the community with a tremendously more robust arts scene," said Center for the Arts board president, Robert Brent. "The expansion will mean more concerts, dance performances, films, theater, classes and gallery exhibitions for the community."
The Center will launch an $875,000 community fundraising campaign to upgrade the building with lighting and acoustical improvements, retractable walls and new classroom space to accommodate the expanded arts programming.
The move, which was endorsed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors this week, enables the Center for the Arts to expand without undertaking a new constructiuon project, noted Executive Director Linda Galletta.The Sebastopol Veterans Building has a commercial kitchen, an auditorium with a stage, ample parking and outdoor space to accommodate a future outdoor sculpture park.
It is also more visible than the current 9,200 square foot Arts Center, which is located on Depot Street in an industrial part of downtown Sebastopol.
The Veterans Building will continue to be the home of VFW Post #3919 and its Auxiliary, the auditorium, dining room and kitchen will continue to be available for community use.
The Arts Center currently has 900 members and plans are underway to grow the membership significantly now that the Center will be expanding and offering more programs in the visual, performing, literary and film arts.