Committed to celebrating and promoting the arts for the enhancement of community life, Schack Art Center (formerly known as the Arts Council of Snohomish County) had a big idea: a dynamic, accessible community arts center in Everett, Washington’s downtown core.
The center promised to expand exhibits, programs, and classes for people of all ages, especially school children and artists. Working in partnership with Artspace, a national leader in developing affordable space to meet the needs of artists, the Schack also created live/work spaces for artists and their families.
Schack first hired Collins to assess the feasibility of a capital campaign to fund the new center. After the study was completed and the report gave the campaign a “green light,” Collins provided counsel over a three-year period. Despite the effects of the “great recession,” the Schack raised more than $6 million and leveraged a significant challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation to inspire gifts at all levels.
Since opening in May 2011, “the Schack” has exceeded expectations and delighted visitors, truly allowing people to “look, learn, and create.” More than 30,000 visitors experience artwork created by professional and emerging artists each year, and more than 800 local students exhibit their art in 2012 alone. Community art classes are in high demand, with five times as many classes offered as the former facility could accommodate. The public access hot shop is particularly popular with visitors and glass artists alike.
They were very enthusiastic about our project and organization. It made it easy to work with them. We always had a sense that they wanted a positive outcome; that they cared about our organization.”
Executive Director / Schack Art Center