FARMINGTON – For the next two years, the Bountiful/Davis Art Center will call the historic Davis County Memorial Courthouse home.
A contract was signed between the Davis County Commission and BDAC Foundation Tuesday that authorizes an annual charge of $28,803 through Dec. 31, 2014.
The arts group will occupy just over 4,800 square feet on the south end of the second floor, using a hallway for exhibit space along with a conference room.
It will also use offices formerly housing Davis County Planning & Community & Economic Development.
“We’re happy to have them, feel like it’s a win-win,” said County Commission Chair Bret Millburn. “It provides some occupancy to our building, and there’s a nice synergy to the art that we have displayed in this (County Administration) building.”
The move will take place around Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, said Scotty Durrant, a BDAC board member who has been instrumental in facilitating the move.
The Bountiful Lions Club has volunteered to help with some painting and renovation.
The move is necessitated by pending demolition of the BDAC space. That building is owned by the city of Bountiful and originally served as its city hall, along with other functions, including as the police department.
BDAC is slated to move to the current city hall, which will be renovated to also house the South Davis Historical Museum.
The BDAC’s current space covers about 14,000 square feet, so will necessitate some literal belt-tightening.
“It’s going to be a lot smaller, but the space in Farmington is going to be a fun challenge,” Durrant said.
He said it will be different having artwork displayed in a hallway, but he called it “creative. We’ve just got to get people to the elevator” and up to the second floor, Durrant said.
He said this venue is far better than some of the earlier possibilities, which included offices in one place, art exhibits in another, and classes offered in a third site.