On the main street of downtown Astoria, Oregon - the oldest settlement west of the Rockies - proudly sits the Historic 1923 Odd Fellows Building. A center for social, cultural and creative activity, this building was recently purchased by three members of the board of the Astoria Arts and Movement Center - a 501(c)3 non-profit dance and permormance art studio and rehearsal space that occupies the ballroom on the 2nd story of this iconic piece of architecture.
These 3 women were able to purchase the building with an incredible amount of community support, in order to ensure the AAMC and the other tenants would not be displaced by developers. The building currently houses a gift shop/gallery, a skincare apothecary, a visual artist in residence, and a coffee shop, as well as Astoria’s only non-profit dance studio and a non-profit community theatre. This project will historically restore and weatherize the building’s façade, windows and aims to repair the crack in the sidewalk that runs parallel to the building along 10th street - all of which allow water intrusion causing deterioration of the building and threatening the future integrity and safe use of the building. We are the only performance art studio of our kind in Astoria - offering over 25 classes per week and partnering with other local non-profits and community organizations including the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council and the Astoria Pride Committee.
The AAMC is currently involved in a nationwide contest to win a historic preservation grant award that could help fund a large portion of the project and we need YOUR help to compete with the 19 large cities we are up against. The grant awards will be based on votes accumulated during the voting period (Sept 24-Oct 29). There are no considerations made for the fact that we are the smallest town (population less than 10,000) in the running against huge municipalities like Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles.
You can log on and vote every single day during the voting period (each person gets 5 votes per day) and we need to get at least 100,000 votes just to be in the running. (This means we need 700 of you to use all 5 of your votes for us, every single day!) VoteYourMainStreet.org/Astoria or text ‘MAINSTREET‘ to 52886. (message and data rates may apply)
The owners of this building have pledged to keep the rents affordable for the local small business owners rather than rolling the costs of deferred maintenance and renovations onto the tenants - and so we are looking to supporters of the arts, theater and historic preservation via grants and crowdsourcing to help provide the funding we need. The majority of this projects includes weatherization and restoration of the facade, the windows and roof of the building in order to mitigate the constant water intrusion due to our rainy, coastal climate. If you can donate even just a dollar to our efforts - or please log on and vote for us, ever day, and share our story!
VoteYourMainStreet.org/Astoria or text ‘MAINSTREET‘ to 52886 (message and data rates may apply)