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EAST DEDHAM - Artists looking for studio space will get an early peek at the new Mother Brook Arts and Community Center (MBACC) next week as the non-profit center opens its doors for the first time to potential tenants, according to MBACC co-director Sarah Blum.
Blum said the organization has begun reach out to artists from Dedham and beyond who have previously contacted them in anticipation of the long-awaited opening of the center. MBACC will be open to interested artists on Wednesday, February 6th, 3-7pm, Friday, February 8th 4 - 7pm, Tuesday, February 12th 10 - 12, and Thursday, February 14th, 10 -12. Nearly two dozen artists have already contacted the organization looking for information.
"We have lots of work to do but our aim is to begin renting artist studio space the first week of March" explained Blum. "The response so far has been very encouraging."
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously last week to approve a 10 year lease agreement with MBACC to operate the center, located at 123 High Street. The former Avery Elementary School became vacant in April following construction of a new Avery school on Pottery Lane. An ad hoc town committee recommended re-using the 90 year old structure as a multi-purpose arts and community center. MBACC, a new Dedham-based non-profit that formed last March, won the bid to create an arts and community center, renovate the 39,000 square foot facility and maintain the 3.8 acre grounds.
While MBACC is not officially scheduled to take possession of the property until March 1, as part of the lease agreement the Town has agreed to allow MBACC to access the building in preparation for the transition. Revenues from studio rents are a key component of the center's financing scheme, which calls on them to assume all financial costs of operating the center and maintaining the facility. A percentage of proceeds from studio rentals will be paid as rent to the Town starting July 1, 2014. The non-profit board - all Dedham residents - was incorporated in March and has applied for tax-exempt status. In addition to operating revenues, MBACC will seek financing through local, state and federal grants and private donations.
For more information on MBACC, go to motherbrookarts.org, or visit them on Facebook.