Revitalize Old Roosevelt is transforming the Old Roosevelt School to a community space for classes, conferences, receptions, studios, and performances to catalyze the local economy.
In the spring of 2015, The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation hosted 25 community presentations to share information on the current physical state of the building and to facilitate brainstorming sessions about possible uses. Ideas have been generated by thoughtful citizens who are envisioning the restoration of Old Roosevelt to better the place we call home. The results from the presentations and surveys have been collected and analyzed, and will soon be available to share with the community. The community engagement and economic impact studies have been funded through a match grant of $15,000 from the Big Sky Trust Fund, provided by Beartooth RC&D.
In the fall of 2016, there was a design workshop the spanned three days at the Old Roosevelt school. The design workshop was comprised of numerous professionals in Theater Planning, Architecture and Outdoor Space Design, Business Plan and Sustainability, and Multi Use and Shared Space Design. The workshop brought together committed community members with people from across the country to best move forward the development of the project.
In 2017, we purchased the building with the generous support of our donors and the Harper Fund. A & E Architects finalized the preliminary architect report and it was approved. The building remains home to 5 business tenants. We have started to acquire event supplies including chairs, tables, table cloths, wine glasses etc. so that organizations can start to utilize the space for events, performances, and conferences. The Red Lodge Theater Company has supplied a hand built stage and held the first theatrical performance in the space. As interest grows we continue to develop policies and programs for the space to grow revenue streams that will in turn supplement operating costs of the building.
The role of the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation in the Revitalize Old Roosevelt project is that of “neutral convener,” meaning Foundation staff and resources are dedicated to bringing stakeholders and community voices to the discussion, and facilitate decision making and action. Maintaining the highest level of professional transparency is vital to accomplish these goals, and propel the project in a positive direction. We encourage you to review this information, and submit any questions or concerns to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plans for the future are constantly being updated. However, based on community and professional feedback to date, we can estimate what some of the future steps will be. Below is a list of these potential future steps – it is not meant to be all-inclusive or rigid. Like most community – led visions, the future is fluid and adaptable:
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|The first floor of the Future Old Roosevelt includes theater space, a catering kitchen, retail/studio space, concessions, meeting spaces, and lots of space for circulation.|
|The second floor will host the balcony and cat walk of the theater, more retail and studio space, and meeting space.|
|The third floor of the Old side of the building will continue the multi use spaces and another small theater area in the Old Library.|
Revitalize Old Roosevelt is compromised of a diverse group on individuals, organizations and businesses all working together to re-envision a community resource. Each member’s role varies between dedicated supporters, donors, and partners. For a full list of supporters, donors, and partners, see list below.
Supporter: Publicly backs and promotes the Revitalize Old Roosevelt Project. Supporter are willing to write letters, use social media, and outwardly champion the vision of the project.
Donor: Provides monetary or in-kind resources in support of the Revitalize Old Roosevelt project.
Partner: Assists in executing the vision of the Revitalize Old Roosevelt project. Partners provide time, expertise, and perspective necessary to maintain the momentum and relevance in the community.
Re-adapting Old Roosevelt is a multi-faceted project that will provide a variety of services and greatly benefit the community in the arts, economic development, and social collaboration. To fully develop this project will require substantial funding, community effort, and hard work. The Capital Campaign goal for 2018 is a bold $980K and everything helps in reaching the dollar amount. There will also be other costs associated with the success of this project, we have numerous ways to provide financial assistance moving forward so that you can support the efforts that resonate with you.
Raising $980K in 2018 is a lofty and courageous goal that is necessary to connect the past with the future. Ours was the first proposal that kept the 1920’s building intact, expanded Broadway by three blocks, and provided for a community center focused on indoor and outdoor space.
Programming for Arts in the Community
A cornerstone to the project is that the Foundation will operate the building and work alongside all types of artistic endeavors to incubate and/or build their capacity- a must for success. Supporting this fund will allow us to provide essential funding to make this possible.
A permanent Endowment will be necessary to secure the future of the building in perpetuity. Our goal is to raise a $1.5 million endowment which will generate approximately $70K annually to keep up future capital improvements once the renovation has been completed.
Unrestricted operating funds are necessary to ensure that we have adequate staffing, and to cover the basic operation costs such as utilities, insurance, communications, to manage the current building operations and to continue with the renovation to add additional rentable spaces that will generate additional incomes in the future. These positions provide livable wages.
Want to help to Revitalize Old Roosevelt? There’s a variety of ways to get involved and stay informed:
Here are some of the Volunteer Opportunities you can jump on! Contact Betty@rlacf.org to get started!
|Special Events Coordinator||Videographer||Poster Distribution|
|Newsletter Creator||Information Gathering||Creative Eye|
|Story Teller||Handy Person||Policy Creation|
|Meeting Notes||Marketing Help||Foodie Connection|
|Facebook Outreach||Marketing Help||On Call Set Up Team|
Thank you to everyone who came to our forums and filled out our surveys, to our volunteers, to our committee members, to our partners, supporters, and everyone who has made a donation, your continued support is instrumental in Revitalizing Old Roosevelt.
Built in 1920 Roosevelt School saw 220 students from seventh and eighth grades move in the new school from the Field School on Tenth Street and Villard Avenue. R.M. Porter, then Principal at the Field building, served as the first principal of Roosevelt School.
When the new middle school was built on Broadway a naming contest was held and the students of Red Lodge quickly choose to name the school after famed baseball player Babe Ruth. They were quickly overturned and Roosevelt School was born.
Roosevelt School served as the middle school in Red Lodge for 89 years and saw expansion of the school in 1990 to include a gymnasium and additional classrooms. In 2009, having outgrown the building, the students moved into the old High School. Of the historic school buildings in Red Lodge (Field, Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, and Carbon County High School) Roosevelt is the only one remaining.
It has long been the vision of many individuals and groups to develop a performing arts/auditorium space in Red Lodge that will serve the needs of the community. A Place for Our Arts was formed in part to help develop a preforming arts space in Red Lodge. After exploring possible preforming arts spaces available in it was determined that Old Roosevelt School was the best choice for a performing arts center.
An independent committee, Revitalize Old Roosevelt, was formed by the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, with representatives from the arts community, the public schools, the City of Red Lodge, the Public Schools Foundation and local businesses to assess the best uses for the old school.
Together with your help Revitalize Old Roosevelt looks to strengthen and transform Old Roosevelt into a space with economic, educational, and social benefits for the whole community.