FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2015
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Elsewhere Restoring Its Historic Building Into Nationâ€™s Only Artist-Created Live-Work Museum
(Greensboro, NC) - Elsewhere--a living museum and artist residency set in a former thrift store housing one womanâ€™s 58-year collection of surplus and second hand objects--is planning a renovation of itâ€™s 100-year-old historic building in order to sustain and advance operations and programming. The building restoration will provide twelve official live-work studios for artists, three-story visitor access, and year-round museum operations. Currently, the museum must close every winter from November through March because its too cold to operate without heat. Year-round opening will enable Elsewhere to build upon momentum and grow programming and reach for artists and neighbors in Greensboro and around the world.
Phase One of Elsewhereâ€™s Restoration includes heating and cooling systems, sprinkler systems, electrical upgrades, residential and assemblage coding, and structural reinforcements. Architectural plans created by Vines Architecture are in place and have been fully reviewed by Greensboroâ€™s Inspection Department. Contractors are ready to begin work in November 2015 for an estimated 14-week construction timeline.
With support from the Kresge Foundation, Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Greensboroâ€™s Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, and cash pledges, Elsewhere has raised $600,000 of the $800,000 needed to restore the building, leaving $200,000 of additional fundraising.
Elsewhere will be launching a Kickstarter campaign next week to invite communities, artists and friends near and far to support the renovation and help build a home for artists at Elsewhere from around the globe.
Since 2003, Elsewhere has been transforming this set of things into a collaborative world, inviting more than fifty artists each year to create new artworks inside the museum and engaging with over 50,000 museum visitors through public projects and programs onsite and online. For more information, please visit goelsewhere.org/restore.
Elsewhere is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ArtPlace America, The National Endowment for the Arts, The North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsGreensboro, the Fund for Democratic Communities, the Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation, Guilford Green Foundation, the Harpo Foundation, the Gallucci Creative Fund, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Art Matters & friends like you.
Elsewhere is an artist-run, non-profit living museum and artist residency, set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC. Utilizing the massive 58-year inventory, Elsewhereâ€™s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new modes for creative response, living, doing, and exchanging in our downtown neighborhood and across the world.