You’ve probably heard about the Torpedo Factory Artist plan for the Art Center. The artists at the Torpedo Factory have presented a detailed business plan to the city which returns control of the factory to our creative, small businesses…at no cost to the city.
The Torpedo Factory has been at risk for several years. The City of Alexandria, our landlord, gave control of the Torpedo Factory to a governing board of mainly non-artists. This board failed to make the art center self-sustaining and the City dissolved it. Now the City has taken over. This new bureaucracy comes with limited artistic experience and no long term plan. The early results are grim: departing studio artists, rising city expenses, and declining visitor services.
Our plan is good for the city:
- Saves city money and makes the art center self-sustaining
- Grows local tax revenue
- Drives over 600,000 visitors to the Old Town business district
It’s also good for our visitors and communities. The plan…
- Enhances the visitor experience through longer studio hours
- Offers more, and varied, arts programming
- Expands our already substantial outreach to local communities and schools
Regardless of where you live, it’s important that the City Council knows that you are coming to Alexandria to visit the artists at the Torpedo Factory and you support their plan. If you’ve already made your voice heard, we sincerely thank you. You can view more information about why our plan is more important than ever here.
To review our business plan for the Torpedo Factory, select the links below: