What’s Happening at The Granite, December 2023

Granite Church | December 22, 2023

Thanks to your ideas and support, the Granite Church is on its way to becoming a vital community gathering space for artistic expression and the exchange of ideas.

We’ve made a lot of progress in readying the building this year. We regraded the property, patched the roof, and remediated the water damage. We are enormously grateful for the amazing volunteers who support our Creative Advisory Committee and for the many people who have attended our open houses and events. But much work remains.

Annual Appeal

As this year closes and we turn to funding a new heating system, we need your help bringing our vision to reality. We plan to open as a nonprofit community arts space in the spring of 2024!

You can make a difference by including the Granite Church in your end-of-year giving. Please consider donating today!

Conditions Assessment Report Finalized

Front doors at the Granite ChurchOur architectural team, Carl Rothbart & Rose Long at Architectural Preservation Studio, recently completed a conditions assessment, and the good news is that the building is in better shape than originally thought! While this is exciting, the building still needs about $3 million in historic rehabilitation and building infrastructure.

Updates are required for the building to be open to public events with a larger capacity. We’ll need new entrances and restrooms to ensure the building is accessible to everyone and we need to improve the roof and exterior to keep the water out for good.

Read the full report here.

The Conditions Assessment was funded by the State of Connecticut through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

National Register Plaque

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation awarded us a grant of $1,550 for a National Register plaque! This new historical marker will honor the legacy of the Granite Church and help inform the public about its history.

Creative Conversations

Coffee and Conversation group meeting at the churchWe’ve hosted a series of Creative Conversation gatherings, which have evolved into our Creative Advisory Committee! These meetings have been popular with local creatives looking to strengthen the arts community and shape programming at the Granite. We now have artist advisors for music, visual arts, theater, and dance and are grateful to members of the community for showing such strong interest. If you would like to participate, please reach out.

Lend your ideas about the programming you would like to see and how you think the building should be used. We are super excited about finding artistic and civic leaders who want to use the Granite. We hope to have the venue ready as a private event space in May 2024 but there will be another year or more of work depending on funding to ready the space for public events.

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, December 30th at 10 am at the Granite. Learn more here.

Management by SpreadMusicNow

SpreadMusicNow logoSpreadMusicNow, Inc. is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) public charity that supports music education, creative youth development, and artistic expression. In 2023, SpreadMusicNow began managing the Granite Church and is responsible for handling all donations. 100% of your donation goes to the Granite Church. All donations are tax-deductible. EIN: 83-0713289.

To make this a community-driven venue ready for artistic performance we need everyone’s help. Consider becoming an individual or corporate donor. Give Now

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