The New Soo

Posted on May 09, 2015

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Soo Visual Arts Center is pleased to announce our new location at 2909 Bryant Avenue South in the building adjacent to the Minneapolis Greenway.

A Huge thanks to everyone that donates to the New Soo Campaign and helps us reach our $200,000 goal. The following are suggested levels of giving to the New Soo campaign that include thank you gifts for your support, however we are extremely grateful for a contribution at any level and it will be invaluable to solidify SooVAC’s bright new future. Thank you gifts will be mailed at the end of June 2015:

$100-A SooVAC Notebook
$500-A SooVAC Notebook plus a SooVAC Tote plus Two Tickets to our Get Lucky Annual Gala.
$1000-A SooVAC Notebook, SooVAC Tote, Two Tickets to Get Lucky and a Book Celebrating 13 years of SooVAC programming.

Or make your contributions over a two year period.

Two Year Monthly Support at $5.
Two Year Monthly Support at $10.

Two Year Monthly Support at $25.

Two Year Monthly Support at $45.

Create your own amount to contribute at this link.

Or if you would like to make a pledge for a future contribution please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The new location nearly doubles the floor plan of our current space. Additional benefits of the new location include more flexibility in the exhibition space, upgraded eco-friendly lighting within the gallery and the inclusion of a new community meeting area. Our programming for SooVAC and SooLocal will all take place under one roof in this new location.

This is a big step for SooVAC and wouldn’t be possible without friends like you that believed in our mission and have been a supporter for over the past 13 years. We began a quiet phase of our capital campaign, New Soo, this fall and are excited to share that we are at $150,000 our goal of $200,000 goal. Our success in the next phase of our journey now depends on you! Your contribution to our capital campaign will ensure that our vision for the new space can be fully realized and strengthen our ability to provide opportunities to artists and art lovers alike.

Our new location also enhances SooVAC’s ability to grow organically over the coming years and deliver on critical components of our future vision. One such forward-thinking initiative already in discussion is the development of an artist residency program, including studio space for arts learning, collaboration, experimentation and wonder. SooVAC initiated a public forum in July 2014 to listen to voices within the community; asking artists, members, donors and the general public questions that helped shape the future of our arts organization. Over the years, our small, yet vibrant arts center has proven to be agile, always providing you with art from fresh, under-represented talent.

SooVAC currently exhibits works by over 200 artists each year and offers educational and exhibition opportunities in order to foster career development. The Center plans to continue to deliver existing innovative programming in the new space such as the flagship exhibits Untitled, SooVAC’s annual juried exhibition series, the Holiday Pop-up Shop, and Collect Call. Each of these important mainstays of the organization’s exhibition calendar allows the community an opportunity to view, celebrate and support fresh artistic voices.

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