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Building 35: An Open Space for the Community at Garner Arts Center



Thanks to the tremendous support of our community we have made excellent progress in turning Building 35, the Historic District’s former cafeteria, into a state of the art interdisciplinary arts center. Focus groups held along the way have taught us a great deal, but the one thing that resonates with us the most is that this community needs a meeting place. A place open 7 days a week. A place accepting of everyone. A place that can create, nurture and sustain the local arts community while connecting with the regional and national arts scene. Once complete, Building 35 will be the gateway to this historic complex and a true community treasure. 

Your help thus far has allowed us to lay a new floor, upgrade electrical work, begin landscaping the sculpture garden and more. But it’s time for us to focus on what’s most important – access for everyone. This major infrastructure setback has been a thorn in our side since we lost our Gallery in Hurricane Irene and we are ready to make a change, but we need your help! 

What We Need & What You Get 

You helped us lay down the floor, you’ve helped us with the foundation and the sculpture garden and the electrical work. You’ve helped us remain optimistic - keeping our eyes on the potential of the future, and now we need your help raising $15,000 to demolish the old stairs and create something a little more welcoming. 

"GARNER, besides being a part of something cool - what are the perks?" 

$10 or more - A great big "THANK YOU" and your name listed on our website donor wall $25 or more – A great big “THANK YOU” plus a DVD on the history of this crazy, beautiful, historic site. $75 or more – All of the above PLUS a bag of coffee from our on-site café, Stack Street Café $100 or more – All of the above PLUS – we’ll give you a GARNER reusable tote bag and send you over to our friends at Area24 Radio for some serious crate digging. Find a gem, throw it in your tote and be on your way! $250 or more – All of the above PLUS – personalized studio visits with Garnerville Artists. Up to 8 people, for a one hour tour (2 studios). $500 or more – All of the above PLUS – an Industrial Arts Brewing Company tasting/tour guided by brewery Founder & Owner, Jeff O’Neil. Up to 8 people. $750 or more – A signed (unframed) Frank Welles etching $1250 or more – A signed (unframed) Frank Welles etching PLUS a brick on the “Visionary Walk”, the brick path leading into Building 35. A permanent display of your support for making art accessible to everyone! $2500 – Tour of the GARNER Historic District guided by 2nd generation owner & President, Robin E. Rosenberg. Her knowledge of the grounds will take you and your party on a journey through past, present & future. End the tour with privately catered, pop-up warehouse dinner in a surprise location. We’ll do the decorating, we’ll provide the drinks, and Susan Stava Photography will capture all the happy memories. This is available for up to 8 people. 

The Impact 

Your donation is crucial in becoming the community resource we know we have the potential to be, but in order to do that we need to be able to be everyone’s community resource. We want to be your arts center; a place to connect, to seek inspiration, to challenge yourself, and to discover qualities in yourself and your community you didn’t know existed before. Be a part of that development, help us to open our doors to anyone who wants to come in. 

Risks & Challenges 

We are a small, but mighty organization. Our Board of Directors is a volunteer board, and our staff is small. We are reliant on the kindness of our community to help us in our transformation. We know that your time and resources are valuable, and we appreciate every little bit anyone can give. 

Other Ways You Can Help 

Can’t make a financial contribution? That’s ok! This campaign is dependent on social sharing, please email/tweet/snap/post/gram to anyone in your circle who you think may be able to help. Not that into social sharing, but you’re willing to roll up your sleeves? A grassroots campaign like this one heavily relies on the kindness of strangers, and friends. A significant portion of the labor on this project has been generously donated, and our needs aren’t slowing down. We desperately need certified laborers, passionate gardeners, and visionaries. If you think you can help by providing in-kind labor please email We’re also always seeking material donations – give us a call and see how your business can make a tax deductible product donation today! Learn more about Building 35 and Garner Arts Center here: and 

GARNER Arts/Historic District: Visitors to the GARNER Arts/Historic District will be met with a stunning example of 19th century industrial architecture on 14 acres, now a place where makers hone their craft, and the public enjoys art exhibitions and installation, film screenings and live performances, a creekside sculpture trail and on-site craft brewery.

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