Collingwood Arts Center to end artist residency programWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
The 28 artists-in-residence at the Collingwood Arts Center (CAC) were informed Jan. 21 they will need to find new homes.
A letter from CAC Executive Director Sarah Kurfis posted to the center’s website cites “significant electrical and plumbing issues that make it unsuitable to house full-time residents” as the reason for the decision to end the residency program.
The letter states that “arriving at this decision was very difficult,” but that a limited budget has made upgrading the building impossible.
CAC plans to embark on a capital campaign to restore and maintain the building. Administration also plan to offer art-based programming and “create new public spaces for community engagement and creativity,” according to the letter.
Artists have lived at CAC since 1985. The building was finished in 1906.
The decision will not affect CAC’s studio artists, the Lois M. Nelson Theater, the Children’s Theatre Workshop, Northwest Ohio Community Shares or LGBT community center Pride Center 419.