Vision becomes reality
The year 2015 will be remembered as a watershed period for the Celtic Arts Foundation, when vision, dreams hard work, luck and circumstance all came together and resulted in the amazing project that is the Littlefield Celtic Center. What started as an intention to find a modest office space in May 2012, turned into a major capital campaign and successful building project.
The Center is the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and is named after its benefactors, Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, Jr. It will accommodate seated meals, concerts and lectures for up to 150 people, and will include the necessary amenities to become a hub of activity that will make a vibrant contribution, not only to the Celtic Arts Foundation and its stakeholders, but to the broader community as well.
The journey towards this amazing accomplishment began in 2012, when the Foundation created a capital campaign to secure a permanent home. Thanks to the generosity of well over 150 individuals from seven US states and two Canadian provinces, over $240,000 was initially raised. A house and large property at the corner of Cleveland and Section Streets was purchased, razed and rebuilt as a permanent office for the CAF. Then, in 2013, the CAF received a pledge for a $500,000 donation, initiating the second phase of this project, the addition of a 3790 square foot Littlefield Celtic Center. The Mount Vernon based architectural firm, HKP, was selected to design and oversee the completion of the cultural center.
In 2014, an additional $1.1 million donation was made by the Littlefields, allowing the CAF to commence with the construction of the second phase. The local company Fisher Construction Group, Inc., have done a magnificent job of constructing the Center, which was completed in early June of 2015.
The facility’s ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 16, 2015, and was attended by many local and regional dignitaries. At the ceremony, Celtic Arts Founder and Executive Director made a surprise announcement regarding a $245,000 grant award from the Vancouver, WA-based MJ Murdock Charitable Trust. You may watch a video of the announcement below: