The 7-2 vote came after the board had considered selling the property due to challenging financial times and maintenance issues associated with a 1920s-era building.
"Our facilities are a financial asset, and we are already developing plans to improve and increase utilization of them, even as our other programs and events continue to bring the arts out into the community," board president
Read said new members on the board, who were committed to keeping the venue, made the decision possible.
Harvest the Arts, a September fundraising event in its third year, will help finance the organization.
In addition to keeping the building, growing arts awareness in the community is another goal of the organization.
"We want to create some resident performance groups for young people," said Read, adding a youth choir group is in the works.
Additionally, they have a monthly applause series on the books for October and the ongoing Art Everywhere program, where temporary art installations are shared with the community.
Top on the list of improvements are roof repairs, air conditioning and some interior drywall work and painting.
Read added that the 130-seat capacity room is a good size for a venue, and they've worked out agreements with surrounding businesses to allow for parking.
He said wheelchair access is available from the side of the building for patrons who need it.
"It's available to the public for a wide variety of events at a reasonable cost," said Read.
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