Vashon Center for the Arts opens to the community
LMN is pleased to announce the opening of the new Vashon Center for the Arts. The $20.2 million Center is a multi-purpose performance venue that establishes a vibrant, inviting center for arts events on Vashon Island. The project celebrates the distinct character of a rural, yet sophisticated island community, and supports a rich arts culture for all ages. “Now we have a home that is worthy of the incredible Arts community that we have on Vashon Island, to honor the work in an environment that is so beautiful and so well crafted. We have reached a pinnacle on this island that will serve generations to come. When people walk into the auditorium, their jaws drop. This is the exact reaction we wanted, and we got it,” notes Molly Reed, Executive Director, Vashon Center for the Arts.
The new 19,000 square-foot facility expands the arts campus of Vashon Allied Arts, headquartered at the historic Blue Heron Arts Center, and progresses its mission to serve the visual and performing artists on the Island. As part of the expansion, two acres of adjacent wetlands were restored to serve as an interpretive center and sculpture garden resulting in a five-acre campus.
“The client group and the community of Vashon Island pulled together to bring an incredible community asset to the island. The design team was dedicated to creating a building that reflects the rural spirit and unique character of Vashon, while providing a state-of-the-art facility celebrating the talent of its vibrant arts community. The mission of Vashon Center for the Arts, and the respect they have for what we brought to the project, allowed me to maintain a strong emotional connection to the building and the community throughout the design process and construction. I will be returning often for performances in the building,” notes Jennifer Hing, Principal, LMN.