This weekend, Velocity Dance Center will officially move into their new space on Capitol Hill. When the Oddfellows Building was sold in 2007, Velocity and other arts groups in the building (including Freehold) were notified the new owner had more commercial plans for the location. It wasn’t an eviction notice, but a 300% increase in rent made it pretty clear; a new location was needed to survive. After some fierce fundraising, Velocity secured the location formerly occupied by the Capitol Hill Arts Center. This week they’ll be celebrating their housewarming with a parade, an appearance by mayor Mike McGinn as well as free classes throughout the week. Congrats, Velocity!
With Mayor Mike McGinn in attendance, Velocity Dance Center’s upcoming move from the Odd Fellows Building to a new home at 1621 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill counts as a victory for artists, residents and civic leaders seeking to ensure the long-term vitality of arts and culture in the neighborhood.
Velocity’s move will be celebrated March 27, 2010 with a parade and ribbon cutting; a circus-themed party produced by The Adventure School follows, kicking off a full week of free events and classes in the new space (full schedule below).
Since 1996, Velocity Dance Center has been a hub for Seattle’s contemporary dance community. When the 2007 sale of the Odd Fellows Building and a subsequent 300 percent rent increase forced the organization into homelessness, the future of Velocity—and other resident arts groups—appeared bleak. But Velocity responded with a spirited quest for a new home that would serve the community for years to come. To date, the Velocity Forever Campaign has raised $420,000—more than 50 percent of its goal—and the new space is ready to be unveiled.
For more information including a schedule of events, check out their website: http://www.velocitydancecenter.org/