Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE) invites the community to a grand opening fundraising party on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 6 p.m. The festive evening features jazz and electro swing band Good Co. and special guests from 4Culture, Historic Seattle, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the City of Seattle. Tickets are on sale now at http://artspartyatmagnuson.bpt.me/.
The west wing of Building 30, unoccupied since 1994, now has artist studios, a public gallery/workshop and a special event room, the Officer’s Club, complete with working fireplace and historic Art Deco design. S.M. Stemper Architects worked on the $8.5 million renovation and is serving as a major sponsor of the event.
The grand opening party plays off the Art Deco history of the building and celebrates the facility’s history and renovation completion. Many of the artists who lease studios in the building will be in attendance.
SPACE is transitioning from serving as an advocate for historic preservation on behalf of the arts to a fully functioning arts organization providing a variety of programming to benefit the public and the region. Building 30 is one of only two major arts facilities in NE Seattle (the other being those of the UW campus, including the Henry Art Gallery), and SPACE’s mission is to fund, facilitate and promote arts and cultural uses of the park, providing the regional community with everything from artist open studio events to outdoor sculpture exhibits, readings, musical performances and more. SPACE will also provide arts programming for the youth in the Solid Ground transitional housing on campus and continue to enable artists, performers and other arts related tenants to use Magnuson Park in its entirety in ways which engage the community. SPACE is an applicant for one of the low-power FM radio frequencies now available from the FCC and if awarded a license will build the community radio station in Building 30.