Studio Upgrade & Energy Efficiency
See photos documenting this upgrade project.
In just two weeks, 177 Sitka Center community members raised over $20,000 for the Sitka Center's Comfy Studio Project. The project is part of the Sitka Center's larger campaign to raise $370,000 to complete much-needed campus renovations and repairs.
Click here to learn more about the plans and how you can help support the Sitka Center's Energy Efficiency Upgrades.
New Residences Unveiled
In 2005, John Gray and Randall Koch had a vision for Sitka's future. If they could build two more residences and one more studio, Sitka would have a critical mass of 5 residences and 5 studios in order to increase the cross collaboration between artists, writers, musicians, and environmental scientists. John Gray offered a $250,000 challenge grant. Darle and Pat Maveety made the first donation of $15,000. In 2006 another $26,000 was raised at the Art Invitational and then a series of tumultuous leadership changes stalled the fundraising and left the project's future in doubt.
Campus Energy Efficiency Upgrades Phase 2
Now that we have two new energy efficient residences, we know what we've been missing. We now turn our attention to "sprucing" up Sitka's other buildings. Our plan calls for increasing the energy efficiency of the Treehouse, Morley house and Boyden Studio and then setting up solar and hydro generating systems to offset the remaining energy we still need. Do you want to be part of this project? We've got the plan, we need a crew to help us raise the money.
Sitka has two major endowment campaigns in the works. One to provide operating support for the residency and workshop programs. $800,000 raised, another $1,300,000 needed. The second is a
facilities fund that provides income to repair and replace our buildings without needing to do giant capital campaigns every 10 years.
At the beginning of the year the fund was at $7,000. Now it's at $63,000. It needs to be closer to $2 million so we have a long way to go. The journey of a thousand miles....
But in the big picture of billion dollar bank bailouts and trillion dollar stock market gyrations, $2 million dollars is very doable. A handful of committed individuals could make this happen in a year. What say you? Are you in?