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.
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.