New Building FundraiserThe Kelly is moving to a new building nearly 3x the space!
We need your help to make our new building the best it can be to serve our River Region and visual arts community!
The Capital Campaign Plan
Our Goal: $100,000
Raised Thus Far: $100,000
Our current location at 124 Company Street has been wonderful; however, we quickly outgrew the 1,800 square feet of space it provided.
We identified the need to increase our space in order to: increase our exhibition space, increase our room capacity for public programs, make a dedicated children's space for children's programs, among other needs.
We have now acquired 301 Hill Street, Wetumpka, AL that has 4,800 square feet that will allow us to fulfill our identified goals.
301 Hill Street was completely gutted. No walls, no flooring, and no wiring. This meant that it would be a project to undertake, but more importantly, it meant that we had the opportunity to completely customize the space.
These renovations are currently underway!
The new building acquisition and our intended renovations will cost about $300,000 in total. We have taken on much of these funds and credit, but we are asking our community to help us.
Thus our Capital Campaign!
Our end goal is to move into the new building and operate as Wetumpka's Center for the Arts debt-free!
Thanks to your support, we made our goal and now operate debt-free! This is an amazing feat for a non-profit organization, and we are so grateful to the overwhelming support you all have shown us. We look forward to being YOUR Center for the Arts!
Our Letter to You
Dear Kelly Member/Patron:
We hope you have heard by now that The Kelly Fitzpatrick Center for the Arts (The Kelly) has purchased a building in downtown Wetumpka that will become our new home! It is both exciting and scary! The Kelly board has been aware for some time that our current gallery, while wonderful, is too small, and we do not mean too small by a little bit! The Kelly has been on a robust growth trend since its inception almost 12 years ago. Wetumpka has certainly grown as well. You have helped us get this far and we will need your help to go farther.
The Kelly is a community of artists and art enthusiasts. Our goal is to make the visual arts accessible to everyone, and by doing so, we will make Wetumpka a better place. While we are proud of what we have done to that end, we know there is always more we can do. This building, once finished, will allow The Kelly to be able to support the arts and artists even better in our community. Art awareness, local artist development and promotion, promoting Dixie Art Colony art and artists, and art education are among the many things we will be able to do better from this new home.
The building is located at 301 Hill St. It is the building on the river next to Coaches Corner restaurant. The board believes this building gives us the opportunity to do everything we are currently doing in a bigger and better way. The view of the river, Bibb Graves Bridge, and churches beyond is unmatched! We want you to see it! The building will be under construction, but we want to have two open houses for you to come by and see for yourself. One will be Sunday afternoon, February 19, 2023, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and the other will be Thursday morning, March 02, 2023 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. We hope you will be able to come by one of those days. Once you see this building, we think you will agree it is the perfect home for The Kelly.
Like we said earlier, we need your help raising the funds needed to allow us to finish and do so debt free. We will have a capital drive with the option to make your contribution in one lump sum or spread it out over 3 years. Certainly we must raise the money, but we also want to have broad buy-in from people just like you to show our community that The Kelly has dedicated support and momentum. So, your contribution to this legacy project is vitally important, regardless of the size. PLEASE give this request your STRONG consideration. There is an enclosed card to show your support. Any pledge will be appreciated, but we have three different levels we hope you will consider. Gifts that total $5,000 or more will have a permanent acknowledgement somewhere on the property. You can mail your card or bring it to one of the open houses. Wetumpka needs The Kelly, and The Kelly needs you.
As a supporter of The Kelly and a member of this community, we hope you will have a desire to help make Wetumpka and The Kelly better, and that you will get a great sense of satisfaction by being a part of this generational project. Thank you very much for the support you have shown The Kelly in the past, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Pledge your Support
Thank you for your support and pledge consideration! We are more than happy to accept one-time donations, but we also want to offer the option of a donation pledge over a Three Year Plan. If you’d like to opt for a Three Year Plan, please contact us directly, as our website does not allow for reoccurring payments at this time. We also welcome donations of any amount, so if you want to donate a different amount, please click “The Kelly Donation”.
Thank you so much!