Art Pulse Executive Director April Game has teamed up with Capital Campaign Manager Jeffrey Levinson, world renown architects Hubbell and Hubbell and prominent developer John DeWald to try to turn the School into an extraordinary new arts center serving North County residents and beyond. Last night’s cocktail party at The Beach House kicked off initial fundraising efforts to transform the arts center from concept to reality.
The Art Pulse vision for the project includes multiple performance spaces both indoor and outdoor; artist studios for painting, sculpture, ceramics and glass; classrooms; a sculpture garden and roof-top café/garden. The historic school house would be moved to the more visible southwest corner and a row of houses would run along the remainder of the west side.
As John DeWald explained, building and selling the housing would provide quick and much needed funding to finance the rest of the project. If Art Pulse fails to raise the capital for the arts center, the Encinitas Union School District could sell off the property to developers and the entire city block risks being turned into residential housing. Yet if Art Pulse can raise enough money to cover the entire project, the housing component could be eliminated.
Perhaps there’s a possibility that the arts center could go on a ballot and be funded through a tax measure supported by Encinitas residents. Wherever the financing comes from, there’s no doubt that the arts center would essentially put Encinitas on the map as a world arts destinaton and provide a tremendous important resource for our community.
For more information on the Pacific View Arts Center visit: http://artpulse.org/projects/pacific-view-arts-center/