“Bernalillo County is pleased to approve this grant for renovations at the Keshet Center for the Arts,” says Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins, who sponsored the measure. “The Center will house not only the Keshet Dance Company, but also serve as a resource for other non-profit and for-profit businesses that specialize in the areas of performance art and health.”
Keshet Dance Company recently purchased an existing facility, located at 4121 Cutler Ave. NE, which will be the home of the Keshet Center for the Arts. The center will include five large rehearsal/class studios, a black-box theatre, box office, green room, costume shop, arts education and business resource library, multi-purpose meeting, special event spaces and ample parking.
“We are incredibly thrilled to have the county's support for the creation of the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center at the Keshet Center for the Arts,” says the center’s artistic director Shira Greenberg. “This project incorporates so many positive aspects for the community ranging from economic development and job creation to arts education and community collaboration.”
The Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center is a business incubator program that will support start-up or struggling, arts-related businesses with a variety of resources like development services and access to lending providers. Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center KIIC will work with local partners to help economic growth through job creation, tourism and community revitalization.
“We anticipate that the Keshet Center for the Arts will help create 200 permanent jobs - 100 direct and 100 indirect, in the first ten years of operation,” says Commissioner Hart Stebbins. “We are excited to partner with Keshet in supporting growth in our ‘cultural economy’ here in Bernalillo County.”
The $150,000 grant is contingent on Keshet meeting certain employment goals and other conditions outlined in a specific agreement that includes protections for the county’s investment in the project.
The funds will be used to invest in upgrading an existing building to house the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center.
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