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. The focus is now moving forward to developing the programs that will best benefit our community and be sustainable in the years to come.
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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View the notes and developments from the community focus groups
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.
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!
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.
Founded in 1920 the creation of Roosevelt School saw 220 students from seventh and eight grades move into the new school from the Field building on Tenth Street and Villard Avenue. R.M. Porter, then Principle at the Field building, served as the first principle 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 built in Red Lodge (Field, Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, and Carbon County High School) the Roosevelt building is the only remaining building.
It has long been the vision of various 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.