Feedback needed for future use of Thatcher-Young Mansion

Come help the Cache Valley Center for the Arts determine a new future in the arts for the Thatcher-Young Mansion. Brainstorming meetings will be held September 13 at 2:00 and September 20 at 6:00 at the mansion, 35 West 100 South in Logan. Public input will also be gathered at the Gallery Walk, September 17 from 6:00 to 9:00. Built in 1878 by George W. Thatcher and his wife Luna Young Thatcher, the mansion is owned by the City of Logan and managed by the Cache Valley Center for the Arts along with the other city owned arts facilities—the Bullen Center and Ellen Eccles Theatre. The mansion has been a gallery and administrative office for the Alliance for the Varied Arts since it was restored in 2001, until the AVA merged with the CVCA and the AVA administrative office was closed. Now the questions are when and how to keep the doors of the mansion open and what arts activities to program there. “We are seeking the best and brightest ideas from the community,” says Transition Coordinator Wendi Hassan, “Both because we really want to know what people would like to see, and also to gauge the interest, energy and resources of the community.”One meeting with a group of artists from around the valley has already been held, and many ideas were generated—everything from a cooperative gallery to an art school to a retail business with art on the wall to a museum to an event center with live music and a coffee shop. But while the purpose of the brainstorming sessions is to dream big, ultimately the use of the mansion will have to be sustainable, according to Cache Valley Center for the Arts Executive Director Wally Bloss. “We’re looking for the highest and best artistic use,” he says, “but we don’t have the additional staff or finances to keep the mansion open and subsidize it.”Anyone interested in participating who can’t come to the public meetings, or who would like more information, can contact Tricia Hancock at 435-753-6518 x 11 or email thancock@centerforthearts.us. “We hope many people will come to the meetings to share ideas,” says Tricia Hancock, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the CVCA. “We are so excited about the potential for the future of the mansion. Anyone who has any interest should get involved now. This is when the recommendations to the CVCA board are being made.”

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