BOUNTIFUL - The Bountiful/Davis Art Center is coming home.
City officials are in the process of purchasing the Redcon building, located at 90 N. Main Street in Bountiful, as a new space for the art center. BDAC Executive Director Emma Dugal estimates that the art center will be able to move out of its current space at the Davis County Memorial Courthouse and into its new home later this year.
“We’re really happy about the developments,” she said. “It’s an excellent location, and going to work out really well for our programs and what we do.”
The new building is 13,000 square feet in total, which is larger than their current space in Farmington. Though it’s approximately the same size as their original Main Street building, which was torn down a few years ago, Dugal said that it will feel bigger in many ways.
“There was a lot of wasted space in the old building,” she said. “We will have to move a few walls and put in an elevator to get it to where it needs to be, but it’s much more useable.”
The art center will foot the bill for the improvements, and have some grant money already set aside to begin the work. Currently, a committee is working up an estimate of the total cost of the project.
Depending on the timing of exhibits and what further fundraising is required, Dugal expects the move to occur either in August after Summerfest ends or in November between exhibits.
“Historically, Bountiful is where the arts center has always been,” she said. “We’re just so pleased that the Bountiful City government is so supportive of the arts center and its value to the community.”
For other city arts groups, however, the future is still uncertain. The Joy Foundation, which sponsors Bountiful’s annual Magic on the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, originally shared the same city-owned building as the art center. Now, they’re paying rent on a property at 38 East and 400 South, and so far have not been informed of any plans to get them back into a city-owned space.
“I haven’t been in the loop as to what future plans are,” said Jane Joy, who heads the foundation.
The city has previously helped support the chalk festival, though this year officials are requiring everyone to fill out grant applications to be evaluated. This year’s event will be held May 14-17.
“Everyone loves the chalk festival,” she said. “We wish we could do something about the weather, but we want the schools to be involved. If we wait until June, they can’t be.”
While preparations for the festival kick into gear, everyone at the foundation waits for any word of the future.
“We just want to be there to support the community at large,” said Joy. “I hope the city will continue to support us as we move forward.”