FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On November 15th, 2019, the Centennial Center for Arts at Pioneer Park was shut down due to structural issues.
Fairbanks Arts Association Director Jess Pena comments on the situation from her new location at the Noel Wien Library (Carly Sjordal, KTVF)
This sudden closure caused the Fairbanks Arts Association to lose its base of its operations. Not only that, but artwork currently in The Bear Gallery was displaced and community events canceled. While the art is being evacuated from the Bear Gallery, the Fairbanks Art Association has found a new temporary location
Jessica Pena, The Fairbanks Art Association's Director, reported that most of the events that were scheduled to be held in the Centennial Center will take place in the meantime in the Noel Wien library.
"We have taken temporary refuge in the Noel Wien Library, which is where we are today," said Pena.
Pena also mentioned that the Fairbanks North Star Borough had made plans to fix the Centennial Center structural issues in the summer of 2019, but had cancelled the renovations due to going over budget.
"My understanding at this time as communicated by borough Mayor Bryce Ward Is that the intention is to make some repairs to the beams. The time line he mentioned was the end of February for that work to be done," commented Pena.
Pena expressed sympathy for the November exhibitors whose shows were cut in the midst of the building closing.
Pena noted that concerned members of the community can look for updates on the Fairbanks Arts Association homepage.
The Bazaar that was scheduled to take place in the Centennial Center will now take place at both the Noel Wien Library auditorium and the Morris Thompson center on November 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to Pena. The scheduled exhibit 'Rarified Light' will be taking place at Venue on their next first Friday.
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