GOSHEN — Before Goshen Youth Arts can open its historic double-doors to young creatives, Zach Tate hopes the public will chip in for a piece of the pie.
Tate and partner Leah Schroeder will host a Pie and Plate fundraiser 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, to raise money for the renovation of their new arts organization’s future home.
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The Goshen Youth Arts headquarters, 324 S. Fifth St., will serve as a nucleus of creative activities for local children ages 11 to 18.
5 to 8 p.m., July 25
Goshen Youth Arts
324 S. Fifth St., Goshen
Built in 1886 and purchased from the city by the couple in early June 2015, the space is in need of major renovation work before being deemed suitable for public use.
“This is a great housewarming event that people can come and get acquainted with us and the space as well,” Tate said.
For a $15 donation attendees get a single slice of pie, choosing from blueberry, old-fashioned cream, strawberry, cherry, apple and pecan, as well as gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. Guests will also receive a hand-painted ceramic plate produced by local and regional artists from as far as Oklahoma — many of whom are Tate’s colleagues.
“I sent a small APB to friends and had a lot of great responses,” Tate explained. “I’m from Missouri originally and a lot folks from Missouri are sending work. Some friends from Oklahoma are also sending support so that’s pretty cool.”
Tate said proceeds from Pie and Plate be directed toward updating electrical and plumbing systems, as well as repairs to the structure’s roof.
“We’re starting on some of the renovations that aren’t as cost-consuming, mostly just some cosmetic work,” he said. “But we don’t really want to get people in there until it’s completely up and running and also until we feel it’s safe for the community to be in there on a full-time basis.”
Tate expects the the structure to be operational by late spring or early summer 2016, pending the approval of grants.
Beginning in the fall, Goshen Youth Arts will host classes in the building behind the historic site, at 211 S. Madison St., while work is completed on the central location.
Dates for upcoming classes and a link to an upcoming Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will be posted to the nonprofit’s website in the near future.
“We want folks in the area to come see this building before we renovate it and also we want people to come and have an opportunity to encounter the space, see what we’re working with,” Tate said. “A lot of folks in the area have seen this building for years, but haven’t been inside of it. We want this to be an open door that people can come in and check it out.”