Putting art at the heart of a community strengthens people’s lives. The impact is about moving beyond what was believed to be impossible. The renovation of what is referred to as “the old indian building” would say that our community has taken the first big step to come to terms with our past, establishing a bridge where we can begin to imagine a more vibrant, optimistic future. This old building is an invitation into a significant history of transition from long ago, and as a reminder of that time, has brought us together.

The Arts facilitate interaction among people nearly forgotten in many rural areas. It plays a fundamental role in the rebuilding process. Most towns in this region of the northwest are underserved communities. There is a great need for some kind of intervention, and I believe, that the renovation of this old building qualifies. 

An art center not only drives foot traffic helping the local economy but generates new jobs. It engages youth, but that also has a dual objective of bringing more adults into the picture. Professional artists as mentors and instructors help build confidence and teach skills, as well as practical experience to young people and to seniors, too. Research shows that people who participate in the arts are more likely to participate in activities beyond the arts, like volunteering and civic engagement. The arts benefit visitors and community members by increasing curiosity, empathy, and awareness resulting in the ability to make connections with people who aren’t like them. 

This old building is not just a building. It tells a story. A story that helps us create new friendships. Right now in this increasingly broken world, this old building is an abandoned image of hope that craves to be restored. I believe structures like this one have immense powers to heal, lift our spirits, and restore our dignity facilitating the arts as a vital part for this unique region of the northwest.

Please, donate at the bottom of the page and help us restore the old building as a cornerstone for the arts in Surprise Valley. Thank you.