expansion initiative

To better support the educational programs core to the mission of ART247, as well as accommodate larger, more innovative exhibitions and provide space to showcase larger artistic works, we will undergo a series of facility renovations to incorporate additional classrooms and accommodations to further develop and enhance our rich arts community.

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These renovations will increase exhibition space and nearly triple the useable programming space, creating a dedicated Arts Education Center, a new signature gallery, a loading/access dock, catering kitchen and cafe, viable storage spaces for art collections, and new meeting spaces for seminars and classes.

Over the next several months first floor ADA compliant/Handicap Accessible classrooms will be phased into use, incorporating current available space within the Arts Complex at 247 Market Street, Lockport NY. As the use of the classrooms begin, Art247 will begin scheduling new arts classes, programs, and instructions.

Some of our exciting new arts programming will include Paint-and-Sip weekly sessions, Cofffee-Paint weekly sessions, Date-Night Art Classes, Family Paint Sessions, and further themed painting parties for those not artistically inclined to come enjoy art in a relaxed atmosphere of fun and creativity. We will also be increasing our programming in both children and adults beginner and advanced lessons in a variety of media from oil and watercolor to photography and mixed media.

Attached is a glimpse of ART247's vision for facility renovations to incorporate additional classrooms and accommodations to further develop and enhance our arts community.

YouTube: ART247 Classrooms Vision

Future Plans: The ART247 complex houses additional original factory space of the Western Block Company including the Western Block Co Forgery. Future renovation plans include renovating the original ~6,840 square feet, 2+ story Forgery to house the Main Gallery of ART247 while preserving details and the historic significance of the original Western Block Co. These renovations will allow us to provide exhibits of large scale works of art, large exhibitions, and multiple exhibition setups. Implementation of state of the art renovations will also allow us to additionally accommodate exhibitions of Master works of Art for our Greater Niagara Community.

Help us meet our goals for providing Arts Education & Programming, a reality!

Expansion Initiative fund

ART247 welcomes gifts in material and monetary funds to help us persue our classroom renovations plans. 

Your contribution plays a vital role in enabling ART247 to fund and grow its enriching and rewarding programs for the people of the Greater Niagara County Region. Your contribution will be aknowledged through press releases, in our newsletters, and during special recoginition announcemetns at various events throughtout the year, and will acknowledge your generous support in making Art Education and Progamming possible for our community.

To donate to our Expansion Inituiative Fund or learn more, please contact ART247 at 716-404-9884 or by email at Donate@theART247.com

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