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Arts Center Task Force recommendations for S.A. Lindsey Building

TYLER, February 27, 2014-- In Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Tyler City Council approved initial plans for an arts and innovation center presented by the Arts Task Force.

In July of 2013, Mayor Barbara Bass appointed a task force to make recommendations to the City Council regarding the potential use of parts or all of the S.A. Lindsey Building at Elm Street and Broadway Avenue as an arts and innovation center.

The S.A. Lindsey Building was gifted to the City of Tyler in 2010 by the R.W. Fair Foundation and the Fair Estate. It is located at 123 S. Broadway Ave. and is currently vacant. The structure has eight floors and more than 50,000 square feet of space.

“Over the last six months, the task force has met several times to explore the potential uses of the building,” said Mayor Barbara Bass. “They held a visioning session, completed a SWOT analysis, conducted an arts needs analysis and developed an arts inventory in order to make sure we provide what the community needs.”

From all the ideas generated, the task force decided upon nine areas of need and broke into small groups to undertake further research.  In November, the subcommittees came back together to present their findings. The task force then voted on six final concepts to recommend to the City Council.  The final recommendations include an Art Gallery, an Arts Incubator, a Performing/Culinary Art Lab (includes theatre, film lab with green screen and culinary demonstration area), and a potential maker space.

Cost estimates, renderings and a phasing plan have been developed by Butler Architectural Group.

“We are anticipating that the primary funding source for the arts and innovation center will be from private donors,” said Bass. “The arts are very important to City of Tyler citizens and they prove that time and time again through their contributions to such worthy causes as Liberty Hall, Gallery Main Street and now the Arts and Innovation Center.”

Citizens may donate towards the Arts and Innovation Center through PayPal on the City’s website at www.TylerArtsCenter.com.

The Art Center Task Force has been co-chaired by Don Warren and Beth Whitney.  Members include Dana Cargile, Traci Kenner, Mary Kay Lust, John Musselman, Jim Pendleton, Dr. Aubrey Sharpe, Jimmy Arber, Curtis Watson, Beverly Abell, Joyce Hudnall, and Michael Gonzales.  Mike Butler and Jason Jennings from Butler Architectural Group have served as the consulting architects for the task force.

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