After a few years of changes after changes in the planning, scope and design of the new Contemporary Art Museum (designed by Clearscapes and Pugh+Scarpa Architects) in the Warehouse District, the group will finally break ground today on the new space.
Despite the change in scale over time, this is a very exciting project for Downtown Raleigh and the Warehouse District in particular. Go to this area on any Friday night (especially First Fridays) and you’ll know that it is already becoming the place to be in the night hours of the weekend. Add a fantastic new museum and a new multi-modal transit center into the mix and this area will be the place to be 24-7.
Next up for the Warehouse District? We think a medium scale music venue could establish it as the primo district for culture in North Carolina.
Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) will officially break ground at its future home, 409 W. Martin Street, on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. The renovated 20,000 sq. ft. historic warehouse-turned-museum will serve as the only non-collecting museum of contemporary art + design in North Carolina.
Jay Gates, CAM Interim Director, City of Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and Dean Marvin Malecha, NC State College of Design, will lead the ceremony. Predicts Mayor Meeker: “The opening of the Contemporary Art Museum will be key to the revitalization of Raleigh’s Warehouse District. Its location near the City’s Convention Center and planned Union Station Transit Center, in addition to its innovative art and design exhibitions, will make the new museum an important cultural destination for our region.”
The movement of the project from concept to reality has been made possible by many individuals, foundations and a special initiative launched last year to obtain valuable Historic and New Market Tax Credits for the museum’s redevelopment. The tax credit programs will provide a direct subsidy of more than $2 million for CAM, or about one half of the cost of the museum’s redevelopment.
The new museum will house three galleries as well as dedicated educational spaces. Additionally, it will host changing exhibitions and the critically acclaimed Design Camp for high school students, while expanding the existing, community-wide adult and youth art and design programming.