UPDATE: THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS, WE SUCCESSFULLY MET OUR MATCH, RAISING OVER $100,000 IN JUST THREE MONTHS!
Since taking ownership of our building in 2003, URBAN-15 has embarked on a process of renovating our studio space at 2500 S. Presa. Our long term vision is to transform what was once a beautiful church building into the “Center for Celebration Arts” as a community venue for film, dance and theater.
For the past several years, a central focus of renovations has been a much-needed restroom expansion in our studio. As our youth and senior programs have grown, this expansion has become crucial to our ability to ensure that all of our students have access to dignified and comfortable facilities. With just one stall to serve a 150-capacity studio, long lines are a common sight at events and during classes. For young people, elders, and people with disabilities, this inadequacy becomes a matter of dignity and wellness.
In September 2015, we received great news that the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation had awarded URBAN-15 a $50,000 matching grant for our restoration project. This meant the race was on to raise our $50,000 match by December 2015. As a small, grassroots arts organization, that kind of fundraising on that kind of timeline is a challenge, but we are excited to report that we successfully raised our match by the deadline, which enabled us to receive another $50,000 from Kronkosky!
We are so grateful to everyone who donated…we couldn’t have done it without you.