Leaders of Woodstock’s Elm Street Cultural Arts Village recently announced that they have received funding through the Rucker-Donnell Foundation, a Murfreesboro, Tennessee-based and nationally recognized foundation, in the amount of a $20,000 grant.

The money will be used to help support construction costs for the organization’s project of building a visual arts facility from the historic Reeves House, which is being built by JW Collection.

“As Elm Street has grown, it continues to showcase Woodstock’s cultural vibrancy and vitality,” Elm Street’s Executive Director Christopher Brazelton said. “To continue that growth, larger foundations are now stepping in because they have caught the vision as well. This gift in particular was given with the hope to help catalyze local foundations, including family foundations, to join this effort.”

The property is being developed into a multi-disciplinary art center, providing a large range of arts experiences for the community. The visual arts facility will be a rebuild of the historic Reeves family home once sited on the property. A new open interior will feature a gallery for rotating exhibits, classroom and artist studios, as well as a coffee shop/wine bar. Officials said that Elm Street’s art classes currently operate from their administrative offices, making the completion of the Reeves House pivotal in providing a dedicated space for local artists and visual arts programming. The grant will help to close the financial gap as construction is due to start within the coming months for the Reeves House project on the Elm Street site.

Brazelton said that he has a lot of pride in the community that makes up Elm Street, adding that Woodstock isn’t just a special place — it can be a model for other communities as well.

“Donors are learning more about the impact of their gift and this shows what a full-fledged arts center can look like in a suburban community,” he said. “We look forward to relationships with family foundations like the Rucker-Donnell Foundation and appreciate Kent Burklow’s partnership.”

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