After a six-month run at Alios on Main Street, the Contemporary Arts Center moves into Emergency Arts this weekend, where it will operate a first-floor administrative office in a donated space. The move follows a rescue operation that saved the organization when it was headed for dissolution this spring due to financial problems and a lack of community members willing to step forward to serve on the board.
The group announced in March that it would be filing to dissolve in early April, which inspired artists and community supporters to step forward to form a new board and take the 25-year-old nonprofit into dormancy with the intention of rebuilding.
The organization filled out its new board last week with the addition of five more members. In addition to Mellisa Petersen (board president), Erin Stellmon (vice president), Ashanti McGee (secretary) and Jen Kleven (treasurer), the board now includes Ginger Bruner, Tom Owens, Todd Duane Miller, Zak Ostrowski and Sean Russell.
“The process right now is to rebuild the board, secure sustainable fundraising, while engaging in a light exhibition schedule with the hopes of one day having a permanent space if it is feasible financially,” Petersen says.