Cotuit Launches Capital Campaign for Campus Expansion

COTUIT – The Cotuit Center for the Arts has launched a capital campaign to meet the growing demand for programming.

Executive Director David Kuehn says the Center has been out of room for performance and classroom space for quite some time.

After purchasing the adjacent gas station and bakery properties at auction last year, the center is seeking funding to further develop the 7.5 acre campus.

Kuehn says the next phase of funding will be used to redevelop the former gas station.

“We want to rehabilitate the gas station and turn it into a ceramics studio, which is the thing we have had the most call for from the community.”

The planning process for expansion efforts was helped through market research and input gathered from 300 focus group participants.

A quarter of the $1 million needed for the current stage has been raised. The stage includes design development, engineering, permitting and septic planning, along with the ceramics studio.

Plans for future phases include an expansion of the existing main performance space, along with a new 400-seat theater, a multipurpose event and performance space and new Education Village.

Kuehn said the community has embraced the mission of the center.

“It’s really become a critical part of the infrastructure of our community,” Kuehn said. “We are just packed and jammed with activity seven days a week all year-round. There just simply isn’t enough room.”

Kuehn said planning still remains for the long-range fundraising campaign.

“We’re going to engage the public along with all of the formal strategies that we have to go through,” he said. “This is now the time to announce that we are starting to think about what is our big picture and we want the whole community at the table when we do that.”

To make a contribution to the capital campaign or for more information, contact Kuehn by calling 774-368-0986 or emailing david@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.

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