The Littlefield Celtic Center
The dream becomes reality
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.
A house and large property at the corner of Cleveland and Section Streets in Mount Vernon was purchased, razed and rebuilt as a permanent office for the CAF.
On September 18, 2013 CAF announced receiving a pledge for $500,000 to help construct the new Littlefield Celtic Cultural Center in Mount Vernon, which initiated the second phase of this project: the 3790 square foot event space addition. The Mount Vernon-based architectural firm, HKP, was selected to design and oversee the completion of the cultural center, and in 2014 the Celtic Arts Foundation selected the Burlington, WA-based Fisher Construction Group to build the facility. With plans completed and permits in hand, Fisher mobilized equipment in October, and an official ground-breaking ceremony was held by the Board of Directors of CAF on October 24, 2014.
Construction continued from late October of 2014, through early June of 2015, with the first official event being held for regional Celtic musicians on Sunday, June 14. That gathering was called “Ceilidh On!” and featured Celtic musical and dance performances by individuals and groups from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Here is a link to the Ceilidh On! program given out to guests at that event.
Great care and consideration about the acoustic design was taken during the development of the plans for the facility. As a place to showcase Celtic traditional instrumentalists especially, we wanted a warm and rich sound that would provide an optimal listening experience for audiences. Early experience in the “Great Hall” (as we’ve taken to call the performance space of the Littlefield Celtic Center) and feedback has shown us we’ve squarely hit the mark on the quality of sound in the facility! In coming months and years, we anticipate performances by many Celtic Artists, as well as the expansion of our wonderful program offerings such as our Robert Burns Scottish Evening, St. Patrick’s “Ceilidh-bration,” Traditional Scottish Breakfasts, Scotch-tastings and more.
June 16, 2015
The official ribbon-cutting of the Littlefield Celtic Center was held today, and a special grant announcement was made as part of the event:
Our fundraising for the entire project continues, and we invite people to make contributions to support some of the furnishings still needed to complete the project.
You can help today: (click here to make a donation).