I had the pleasure at 7:00 P.M. last Thursday morning, October 25, 2012, at the Chamber Public Affairs forum at Cottesmore, of introducing the community to the Gig Harbor Arts Center Alliance, a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing the arts on this side of the bridge and to building an arts center facility or facilities.
About one year ago, the arts community began to meet, and something remarkable resulted.
I couldn't possibly explain it better than journalist Rodika Tollefson in the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal a few weeks ago.
Please click and read about the effort. http://kpbj.com/feature_articles/2012-10-02/new_gig_harbor_nonprofit_has_big_dreams_for_regional_arts_center
If you would like to see the presentation and glimpse an exciting concept - the Gig Harbor Regional Center for the Arts - then view the attached PowerPoint presentation. The presentation contains site layouts, specifications for the facility, and architectural graphics, and displays a hint of the dead-serious, engaging process throughout last winter that led to their development.
Before you watch the presentation, bear in mind that this concept requires a $51,000 feasibility study to determine whether or not it can proceed as conceived. Once the study is finished, however, I am convinced that arts facilities and programs of some size and dimension will eventually result. And perhaps, we will build, use and enjoy, all of us, what you see here.
Also, you might view the YouTube video of a somewhat similar arts center effort on the Cal State Northridge campus. The LA facility presents somewhat similar design objectives. Instead of San Fernando Valley, substitute Puget Sound Basin south and west of Seattle.