I’ve been writing about Trailer Art Center and MTS Gallery for years at this site. I have been helping the organization as a volunteer since 2005, and been involved at a higher level since last year as a member of the Board of Directors.
TAC has been in a long process to determine if it’s feasible to build a permanent art center in Mt View. This effort picked up steam in recent months, as outside consultants were brought in and many meetings were held to discuss the relevant issues and concerns. Anchorage Community Land Trust has been facilitating the effort. And in 2008, local planning firm Agnew::Beck has been helping create a business plan and assembling all of the current and previous work into a planning document.
This month the completed report, called Mt. View Multidisciplinary Art and Culture Center Facility Business Plan was released. It includes detailed information about Mt View; TAC’s process and underlying constructs; and a five year financial plan. Earlier in December, Rasmuson Foundation, a local major arts funding agency indicated their intention to support Trailer Art Center and fund a substantial portion of the design and construction costs of the new building. Rasmuson’s support has always been seen as crucial, and their attention to the project will make it much easier to secure the needed additional funds from other sources.
I’ve been reading the report gradually. There are two versions of it — one complete; one excerpted. Trailer Art Center’s vision for the new center is stated near the beginning:
It will be the wellhead of Alaska’s trapped creative energy – energy directed through programming and access. The proposal is to tap all of these individual and group sources in the community and direct the great spirit of enthusiasm and cooperation that has amassed. Everyone senses the moment. There is a desire to come together to create a collaborative center for creating, exhibiting, and performing contemporary works of art within multiple fields while teaching and nurturing Alaskan artists at all levels of ability and experience.
Included is a detailed description written by TAC founder Bruce Farnsworth, describing the activities that will take place in the center. Reading through it, one begins to understand how enormous this is for the Mt View neighborhood.
The building site currently under consideration is the old John’s Motel and RV Park site on the north side of Mt View Dr between Taylor and Price Streets. It is near the center of the neighborhood and convenient to the main business district and Clark Middle School.
I will update this post with further observations as I read the rest of the report.