The purpose of the capital campaign is to raise 2.5 million dollars to repurpose and renovate a facility into a state of the art career and workforce development center that will support the creative talents of artists and musicians and strengthen the career and technical skills of underrepresented youth who are the next generation workforce. The desired facility has 23,880 square feet of space, and is the former ITT Technology Institute at 4520 South University Avenue, Little Rock, AR.
In January 2017, Brandon House moved into a renovated 1,748 square feet facility at 3802 West 12th Street along the 12th Street Corridor in the Midtown area of Little Rock where our youth afterschool and summer programs are held and administrative offices are located. Over the years, Brandon House has grown both in enrollment of our programs, sponsorships and funding with us serving over 537 youth in 2019. During the pandemic, Brandon House was afforded opportunities to work with local musicians and creative professionals promoting us to realize the unmet arts-based needs of this group of creative professionals.
Now, almost 10 years since our inception, Brandon House needs space as never before because youth program enrollment is up and arts-based services for creative professionals are in demand. Though it has served us well, our current facility can no longer support the arts-based needs of our youth, young adults, artists, musicians and creative professionals. Additionally, Brandon House realizes that technology has redefined performing arts, arts integration and arts education in the 21st century, with technology influencing the way youth learn, artists create and organizations operate.
As we change to keep up with the arts-based needs of our community, our Board of Directors and the Brandon House team are considering a major expansion that would not only provide us with more space, but will offer opportunities to create a trained diverse workforce through arts-based programming. With enthusiasm, vision and careful planning, the Board has determined that a major fund-raising campaign should be launched to fund and establish a creative career and workforce development center.
Defining the future of Brandon House: Creating a Trained Diverse Workforce
The building located in Ward 7 in the UALR University District is most suitable for administrative space, production studios, media technology labs, art gallery, and theater and performance spaces. The renovated facility will:
enable Brandon House to address gaps in arts-based services, offer 21st century workforce training; and house small business incubation services and resources to small arts-based businesses.
increase its target audience and capacity by serving over 3,000 potential constituents annually of undeserved and underrepresented students, aspiring artists, creative professionals, and musicians. Expansion will allow for greater investment in a prepared workforce among the next generation of creative professionals, artists and musicians through added programs and opportunities as a result of accomplishing objectives in the following expansion phases:
Brandon House has grown steadily over the past five years thanks to the successful results of our program team, increased enrollment, sound board of directors and administrative leadership, and fiscal management; but we have reached capacity to meet the needs of the youth and creative professions due to:
LACK OF CREATIVE SPACE: Currently Brandon House is housed in a 2-classroom facility on the 12th Street Corridor in the Midtown community that encompasses only 1,748 square feet; and our existing facility can no longer support the arts-based needs of our youth, young adults, artists, creators, and musicians.
SCATTERED PROGRAMMING: Using different sites scattered around the Little Rock area makes it difficult to systematically address the unmet arts-based needs of current and additional youth.
LACK OF STATE OF THE ART PRODUCTION STUDIOS & TECHNOLOGY LABS: There is a need for a space that is fully-equipped with technology labs that promote quality 21st century arts-based workforce training for underrepresented youth and young adults and offer business services, resources and support services for creative professionals.
LACK OF ART STUDIO AND ART GALLERY for youth and artists to display their artwork in their own communities.