1108 VALT Space Transformation

The new 1108 ceramics studio being used by JXTA apprentices.
We are so excited to announce a recent total transformation of our 1108 VALT and upstairs conference spaces – made possible in partnership with Heart of America and Target!

Over the course of two weeks in early September, contractors from Ryan Companies and others tore up and replaced the floors and ceilings, cleared out old furniture, and rewired the space used for our Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) course and Ceramics Lab. After two weeks of dust flying, machines whirring, and non-stop activity, the space was ready for final touches…

An empty, stark studio space

Our 1108 ceramics studio space before the renovation.

Two people working together to build a furniture piece.

On Friday, September 18, volunteers from Heart of America and Target joined us on campus to put the finishing touches on the renovation. They helped build and install furniture, paint walls, and reorganize the multi-use space. The volunteers worked in two separate shifts to allow for safe social distancing and masks were, of course, mandatory. Plus, the weather cooperated and much of the assembly work was completed outside.

Check out some of the process photos on Facebook!

This amazing renovation is part of a much larger story: JXTA is two years into a four-year $14 million Capital and Legacy Campaign to make some much-needed upgrades to our campus and build a brand-new headquarters on the corner of North Emerson and West Broadway. The new state-of-the-art headquarters will house our labs, a gallery, and woodshop, and will help ensure our ability to provide high-quality education and employment in the arts for young people on the Northside for generations to come. Stay up to date with our plans by visiting the Capital Campaign page on our website.

A partially empty, sparsely furnished and decorated studio space Two people, wearing masks, working together to build a table, posing for a picture Two people working together outside to build and paint a table.
We’re hoping to raise $2 million from donors by the end of 2020 – DONATE NOW to help us reach our goal!