The Littlefield Celtic Center
Open for Business
The Celtic Arts Foundation office is officially open for business! We have been busy moving and getting settled in, but things are looking nice in here. It was quite the process:
First the board table had to be moved in. It just so happened that our Super Volunteer Meeting was getting out when it arrived, so we had several strong men to help get the heavy table into the board room:
This meant that our first official board meeting was held on the new board table the next day!
Moving Day commenced with only one or two mishaps:
But once the technology was installed…
…we were up and running!
The painters have begun to do their thing on the outside of the building now too:
Things are really looking beautiful around here! Come in for a visit!
How it came about:
The Board of Directors of the Celtic Arts Foundation passed a resolution at their June 2012 Board Meeting to secure a permanent home for the CAF. Thanks to the generosity of well over 150 individuals from seven US states and two Canadian provinces, since initiating our fundraising efforts we’ve raised over $240,000. As explained below, on September 18, 2013 CAF announced receiving a pledge for $500,000 to help construct the new Littlefield Celtic Cultural Center in Mount Vernon! Our fundraising for the entire project continues, and we invite people to make contributions to our capital campaign to help us realize our goal of completing this project without ANY debt!
You can help today: (click here to make a donation).
What is the plan? (updated 11/24/2013)
On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, CAF announced receiving a pledge for a $500,000 donation to complete the second phase of this project; the creation of the 3000 square foot Littlefield Celtic Cultural Center in Mount Vernon just got real! Early on, we recognized that this unique property had potential for expansion that could be truly transformative for the southern part of downtown Mount Vernon. With the official announcement of this gift, CAF has also announced that the Mount Vernon based architectural firm, the Henry Klein Partnership (HKP), has been selected to design and oversee the completion of the cultural center project. A tentative schedule has been developed for completing the new construction as follows:
- Schematic design, September-October, 2013
- Design development, October 2013-March 2014
- Contract documents & permitting, March – May 2014
- Bid negotiation, June – July 2014
- Construction start, July 2014
- Grand opening, Spring 2015
For many years, we’ve imagined a place to hold Robert Burns Suppers, Scotch-tastings, concerts, musical workshops, lectures on any aspect of Scottish, Irish and Celtic culture and heritage – this Center will be all of that and much more! It will become a hub of activity that will make a vibrant contribution not only to the Foundation and its stakeholders, but to the broader community as well. Here is a rendering of what the Center will look like (click on the picture for a better look):
The new building space will accommodate seated meals, concerts and lectures for up to 150 people, and will include the necessary amenities to make this an extremely versatile venue. Here is the floor plan (click on the picture for a closer look):
These concepts were designed by HKP Architects of Mount Vernon, WA.