PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 24, 2016

Carpinteria Arts Center Announces Campaign Kickoff Event

Carpinteria Arts Center Announces Campaign Kickoff Event
October 13, 2016

The Carpinteria Arts Center is inviting members of the Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Ventura communities to a fun, family-oriented kickoff event for its Building a Home for the Arts capital campaign on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:30 PM with a special presentation and “unveiling” at 4:00 PM.

This free afternoon event will feature fun, hands-on art activities for all ages, music, food, and beverages including special art-themed cocktails. Attendees will be the first to learn about the exciting plans for the future home of the Arts in Carpinteria, which will impact the entire community.

David Powdrell, co-chair of the Carpinteria Arts Center board and chair of the Capital Campaign, stated “The Arts Center leadership has been working behind the scenes to get a $3.1 million campaign off the ground. Much work has been done and we’ve seen a great outpouring of support since we began last November.” A dramatic unveiling of the campaign’s progress to date will take place during the brief official presentation at 4:00 PM.

“The chance to purchase the Cajun Kitchen building was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we simply could not ignore,” said Powdrell. “We are well on our way to raising the funds needed, but to reach our goal we still need the support of everyone in the Carpinteria and South Coast communities to make Carpinteria one of the best small town arts communities in the country.”

With the purchase and renovation of the 2,600 square foot building, formerly the Cajun Kitchen restaurant at 865 Linden Avenue, the Arts Center will no longer pursue plans to build a new, costlier building on the original site. Many people will be delighted to know that the Arts Center will preserve the large trees and outside courtyard that the community has come to use and enjoy over the past few years. When completed, the $3.1 million campaign will cover the purchase and improvements of the site and establish a $500,000 permanent endowment fund. Powdrell hopes the community will step up to help reach the $3.1 million goal by the end of 2017 to avoid additional finance costs and get the project underway.

About the Carpinteria Arts Center:

The Carpinteria Arts Center is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the arts. Its mission is to:

· Foster diverse community involvement

· Nurture the creative process and its appreciation

· Provide educational opportunities for children and adults in multiple aspects of the art, including visual arts, poetry, music, and more

· Establish a Center for the Arts with a rich and diverse offering of exhibitions throughout the year

· Enhance and enrich the quality of life in the Carpinteria Valley

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