For the past year, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been hard at work quietly raising funds for a new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, one of the two great halls. With the help and support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and the Nevada City Chamber Commerce they have raised 85% of the total amount needed. With just one week remaining before breaking ground on February 4th, the Miners Foundry is reaching out to help make this much needed facility improvement a reality for the community to use and enjoy for generations to come.
“Like many non-profit arts venues, only 40% of the buildings operating costs are covered through rental income,” explains Gretchen Bond, Executive Director. “The remainder comes from Foundry-presented events, annual memberships, fundraising events, grants and donations. Individuals and businesses that choose to support the Foundry make an enormous difference and insure the legacy of this great building.”
Donations of any amount are welcome. There is a deadline of February 4th for those who donate $1,000 or more and will have the name of their choice imprinted on the floor.
To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online here or simply call (530) 265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959. For questions or additional information please contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or Gretchen@minersfoundry.org
Below are a few testimonials from community stake-holders supporting the new floor campaign!
“A wooden dance floor will allow the Foundry to produce Swing, Ballroom, Salsa and Blues dance events without making excuses about dancing on cement. It’s a big step in the improvement of the Miners Foundry.” – Paul Emery, Producer & KVMR News Director
“The new wood floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall will transform the room into an elegant ballroom!. No more funky old formerly industrial room, but a first class venue for dinner dances, night-club-style events—and new daytime classes!” – Glady McWood Birdsong, President, Board of Directors, Miners Foundry
“Charles Woods and David Osborn had a magnificent vision that they made a reality; to create a cultural center for Nevada County from the ruins of a once bustling foundry which in its heyday served the mines of our region. Today what was then the American Victorian Museum is alive and well while actively fulfilling that original mission, in what is now know at the Miners Foundry. The largest room on the property is Osborn/Woods Hall still using its original sooty, uneven, industrial concrete floor. The Miners Foundry is right on the cusp of having the needed financial resources to convert that floor to a danceable, bright, durable, user-friendly hardwood floor.” – Paul Matson, Board of Directors, Miners Foundry
“Heartwarming wood in the heart of the Foundry. What a great combo for our community!” – Sandra Rockman, Award-winning Director and Acting Coach
“For over 150 years, the Miners Foundry has been the cultural hub of Nevada County. As a community we must support the necessary upgrades needed for all of us to continue to utilize and enjoy this great and historic building.” – Jesse Locks, Festival Director, Nevada City Film Festival