Event to kick off fundraising for Studio Arts Center

In keeping with its mission to transform the former Kress Building in downtown Altoona into a Studio Arts Center, ArtsAltoona has announced the kickoff of its first major fundraising event headed by a team of local key supporters of the arts and the revitalization of downtown Altoona.

Committee Chair Dana Sky, along with a 20-member planning group including the ArtsAltoona Renaissance Team, will host the first in a series of fundraising events from

5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 19 on Eleventh Avenue in front of the Studio Arts Center and the adjoining Heritage Plaza.

Titled “ART JIVE ONE, Be a pART from the stART,” the event is designed as a street party with live music by Tommy Wareham, dancing and food provided by downtown business owners.

Event-goers will also experience the arts during the event, most notably with a large mural that folks can pay-to-paint that ultimately will hang in the Studio Arts Center once it opens as a vibrant visual show of support for the building and the arts community in our region.

“I am so excited for this event and for the wonderful team of people who have joined us to create this major inaugural fundraiser for the Studio Arts Center,” said Sky. “The (event) is significant for two reasons — it is the kickoff to a fundraising campaign to raise the $3.5 million needed for the renovations of the building while creating awareness of Arts Altoona organization in the community.

“Our hope is that this is the first of a series of fun, exciting fundraising efforts that will help bring life to the former Kress Building in the near future,” said Sky.

A design reveal event was held in late April when nine fourth-year architectural student teams presented their concepts for the building. Located at 1406 11th Ave., Altoona, the building has been a host to multiple businesses and residences over the years since the Kress & Co. 5-10-25-cent store closed.

Tickets for the event are $99 per person and are limited to 250 tickets. Visit artjiveone.org for more information and pay online via PayPal. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 283-5457.