Heres' what the Crystal Bridges website has to say about this new artist space coming soon.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Lieven Bertels as director of an innovative arts venue under development in downtown Bentonville. The venue, newly named the MomentaryTM, is an adaptive reuse project that will transform a decommissioned Kraft Foods plant south of Crystal Bridges into a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts and an artist-in-residency program.
The Momentary is currently in the design development phase with new, exterior building renderings available here. The site work is scheduled for early 2018, followed by improvements and landscaping beginning in late 2018, with a goal of opening in early 2020.
Wheeler Kearns Architects, based in Chicago, is overseeing the adaptive reuse project. The firm is committed to maintaining the building’s industrial integrity, while creating maximum flexibility and use.Planning is underway to identify programmatic needs and adapt spaces to include galleries, studio space for artists, a small black box theater, an amphitheater, studio kitchen, café, bar, and flexible indoor and outdoor community gathering areas. By keeping many of the industrial elements and original finishes of the building, the public spaces will feel distinct, yet comfortable and modern.
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