BOUNTIFUL — Now that Summerfest is over, the Bountiful/Davis Art Center is focusing on their next big production – moving back home.
Construction is expected to start soon on the Redcon building in Bountiful, the space city officials
purchased as a new home for the art center. Bountiful City is footing the bill for the remodel, which will make the building useable and ADA compliant, while the art center is in the process of raising funds for exhibit-related additions.
BDAC, which is currently housed in the Davis County Memorial Courthouse in Farmington, intends to start moving everything south late this fall or early winter. The art center would then re-open in the new building in January 2015.
“We’re expecting the move to be at the end of this year, but that’s not set in stone,” said BDAC Executive Director Emma Dugal, adding that unexpected developments might delay the process for a few weeks. “It’s going to take a lot of work.”
The art center moved into the memorial courthouse in early January 2013, after their original building was demolished to make way for a new Bountiful City Hall. The new city hall project was later halted due to price increases.
The Joy Foundation, another non-profit group, was also displaced at that time. They are currently paying rent on their own space on Main Street in Bountiful.
City officials purchased the Redcon building for BDAC earlier this spring, and are preparing to start a remodel that will update the building’s electricity and add an elevator between the two floors. They will also repaint and lay new floor covering.
“The city will pay for the basics, but if we want to do something beyond that, we’ll be responsible,” said Dugal.
The art center will also pay for display lighting, mounts and other items related to the exhibits. Though they’ll be bringing the lighting they’re currently using into the new building, it won’t be enough.
“We’ll be able to use quite a bit of what we already have, but we’ll need to augment it,” she said. “The display space will be larger.”
An arts center committee has already estimated that they’ll need between $50,000 and $60,000 to cover everything they’ll need. Though they’ve already raised part of the funds, Dugal and others are working on various fundraising possibilities for the rest of the money.
The art center is currently making plans for an online Kickstarter campaign that will include donor rewards from local artists. Another fundraising avenue, not yet finalized, is tiles that would be made by a local artist. People would purchase the tiles, which would then be used to decorate the outside of the building.
“We want to give people an opportunity to really feel like they’re a part of the building,” said Dugal. “It should be a great incentive.”