Our new space is really taking shape! New walls and lighting have been added. Painting begins next week along with plumbing and venting. The gallery is beautiful and we couldn’t be more excited to start exhibiting and highlighting our area’s most talented artists. Our first show in the gallery is scheduled to open on April 9th during CDA’s ArtWalk. Small classes will begin in April as well. We have missed our community immensely and looking forward to sharing our new space with you very soon!
During this last very difficult year, giving back to your community has never been more valuable or crucial. Emerge was derailed at the start of 2020 with a fire in our building that displaced us and caused a great deal of damage to our things. We have worked hard to continue moving forward, but the impact of Covid-19 has made generating income extremely challenging. As we get ready to welcome a fresh new year and a fresh new space, we ask that you join in helping to return us to a vibrant community filled with all the things we love and value. Emerge has established roots in Cd’A as a leading art program and support system for aspiring artists. With your financial support, we will once again be able to serve the community’s art needs in an even greater capacity. In honor of your contribution, you and/or your business’s name will be added to our donor wall or consider making a contribution in a loved one’s name. This makes the perfect gift for the art lover that has everything. This wall will be visible to all who enter our new space, beautifully crafted by a local artist that will serve as a lasting reminder of all who joined with us during this difficult time to restore Emerge and foster the arts.
We are so excited to announce that we have been awarded $50,000 from the Windgate Foundation! We have received the award from the Windgate Foundation to support the remodel of our new gallery and classroom space in Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Funds will be used for construction, materials, and to replace studio/office equipment ruined by smoke and water damage in the January 2020 fire, helping us to realize the goal of reopening Emerge to the public in Early 2021. “Emerge is beyond thrilled the Windgate Foundation believes in our mission and in the value of emerging artists in our community. This award was received at a very crucial time for Emerge. With little to no income during our remodel these funds are the boost we need to make it through this process and resume our place as a leading arts organization in the community .” Jeni Hegsted, Executive Director.
The Windgate Foundation, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a private, family foundation supporting significant educational programs in contemporary craft and visual arts; K-12 and higher educational institutions for the development and support of the arts, scholarships, and effective instructional programs; and programs for economically and socially disadvantaged children in Arkansas. Since 1993, Windgate has provided over $890 million in grants in 48 states. VISIT THEM HERE>>>windgatefoundation.org
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