Siren Arts envisions an overhaul of the Firehouse Properties into an architecturally iconic, multi-use community arts and cultural center that may include:
» Multi-use performance seating 250-350
» Artist studios
» Meeting rooms
» Exhibition & retail gallery space
» Office space for local non-profits
» Rooftop deck
» Commercial kitchen
» Cafe & public space
We are a selected respondent to Placer County’s RFI to develop a project for this space. We’ve drawn inspiration from models such as Crissy Field and Fort Mason in San Francisco, the Argyros in Ketchum, Idaho, the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, Colorado and the Sirius Arts Centre in Cork, Ireland.
Tahoe City currently lacks a central location to serve cultural, artistic and community needs. We aim to solve this problem by creating a new facility that can be used in a multitude of different ways. We hope to enlist the consulting services of Artspace, the nation’s leading non-profit developer for cultural organizations and the arts, to help us develop a financially sustainable facility and operating model.
Our project will be phased as we pursue 501(c)(3) non-profit status. As we await final County approval and then hopefully embark on a capital campaign, we are positioned to activate the abandoned firehouse for immediate interim use, benefiting the community and local non-profits with much needed gathering space.
Supporting our cause is a regional study conducted in 2009 outlining Business Planning for New Cultural Facilities Truckee/North Lake Tahoe. It cited that, “There is a clear need for community-oriented cultural programming.”
Fostering community health through creativity
What's the deal with the old firehouse?
The Firehouse Properties sit on the 4.3 acre parcel that makes up Commons Beach. In 1872 Ulysses S. Grant, in an act of congress, deeded this entire parcel "to the people of Tahoe City." And so we have a super awesome park, run by Parks and Recreation while the land, and buildings in question, are technically owned by Placer County. Placer County is now looking into opportunities for the buildings.
Is this project really happening?
Not yet. There were four submissions to Placer County's Request for Information (RFI) in 2017.
Placer County decided to move forward with further study of two of the RFI submissions in April 2018 and Siren Arts is one of them.
In December 2018, Placer County was awarded a $105,000 grant from TOT funds to conduct a feasibility study on the two selected proposals and any possible overlooked idea. The study is being conducted by Hunden Strategic Partners and is currently underway with completion slated for spring of 2019. Public meetings will be hosted as part of the study although the time/date/place is yet to be determined.
What does it mean to "sign-up" ?
Signing up simply means that you think our idea for this space is a good idea. That's it. We want to show that our community is interested in having something like this in Tahoe City.
What is a community arts & cultural center?
We want to make a facility that will allow local arts and cultural non-profits to use as a resource for their unique programming as well as a space that our unique and talented community members can use to host their own events and happenings. And a space that can host private events as well.
Some ideas we hope to include are affordable offices for community arts/cultural non-profits and organizations, classrooms, art gallery and shop, commercial kitchen, artist studios, cafe, a roof top deck and performance space.
The largest most flexible space will be the performance space that can seat 250-350 people. This will employ telescopic seating that retracts making a large open room. This is the largest flexible space and can be partitioned off to use it at different sizes. In this space we can host films, lectures, plays, musical and dance performances, corporate offsites, weddings, charity events, conferences, prom, etc.