Updated COVID-19 Response
The Board of Directors wanted to update you on what has been occurring during this unusual shutdown at the Box Factory for the Arts. In our last letter to you, we had hoped to open our doors to the public on May 1. That date has now been pushed back to May 28 as the result of the Governor’s Stay Safe/Stay Home order – so far. As the state begins its phased return to work plan, we will announce our re-opening through the media.
Although the doors are locked and many adjustments have been necessary due to the COVID-19 guidelines, board members at the committee level have continued to work remotely on a variety of projects. Sam has been on site keeping the building clean and sanitized.
Building and Grounds Committee
Vice President Scott Gane reports that repairs to the roof and associated brick repair have begun. We owe a big thank you to everyone who donated to match the grants from the Frederick Upton Foundation and the Berrien Community Foundation to make this much needed project possible.
While the contractors (TMF Construction) are at work, the parking lot next to the North entrance (rear of building) will be blocked off and parking will not be allowed. Cranes and dumpsters in use as part of the construction work will be located in the parking lot. Those entering the building will need to be extra cautious during the next few weeks.
On May 18th, the elevator will be out of service from approx. 9 am to 1 pm for a required load testing.
Studios/offices are currently available for lease on all three floors. We appreciate everyone who has continued to maintain a presence at the Box during the pandemic. Although the building doors are locked, tenants continue to have access to their spaces 24/7. If you have questions about available space, contact Scott at Scott@boxfactoryforthearts.org
For the first time in our 25-year history, the gallery exhibits which open on May 15 will be available for view online by accessing the Box Factory’s website. Board Member, Carol Myers and Marketing Committee Member, Betsy Gill, have worked tirelessly to make this happen while at the same time making upgrades to the website at www.boxfactoryforthearts.
You can stay up-to-date on Box Factory activities by accessing the website or on the Facebook page. Board Member Kristin Hosbein and her committee are developing strategies to promote the Box Factory and improve exterior signage on the building. To this end, we received a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) which you graciously helped us match with your donations.
Board Member Michelle Rumsa and her committee are focusing their attention on the development of recovery and sustainability plans, including fundraising as well as board succession. They will work closely with the Finance Committee chaired by Board Treasurer Rose Narregan to help develop a budget for 2020-2021 while at the same time developing a recovery/sustainability plan for the next three years.
Adhoc Board Election Committee
The committee is accepting applications for board positions to be seated in July during the annual meeting. If you, or you know someone who, would be interested in serving on the board, please send an email to board@boxfactoryforthearts.