There’s a rumor going around town that the city is looking to open a new visual art space, perhaps run by a non-profit, in the Hult Center, in place of the now-defunct Jacobs Gallery.
If that’s true, it’s good news. I reached out last week to the city’s Cultural Services Director Tomi Anderson to find out what’s up on that front, and got what sounds like partial confirmation, though no details.
“Cooking up a plan for Jacobs but not ready for prime time yet,” she emailed. “Let’s talk in early May…”
Meanwhile, it seems like the idea that Eugene needs a visual art center of some kind — and on the scale of the Hult Center — has begun to take hold around town, with lots of glimmers of activities. There was that City Club forum, for example, and the big article in the Weekly about the state of visual art here.
Artist Charly Swing is trying to get funding for ArtCity Eugene, which she describes as “a multi-disciplinary artists’ studio community.” That’s a big vision, and one I like, so I hope she pulls it off.
Meanwhile, one of the most interesting possibilities being floated is the idea of turning the old Lane Community College downtown center into a tech/arts hub. That idea is apparently to be discussed by the Eugene City Council at a meeting May 23, and by the LCC board sometime in May as well.