The idea to create a performing arts center in Duvall began in 1995 when a large property of land, containing an old dairy cow barn, was annexed into the city. Over 20 years later, the Duvall Cultural and Performing Arts Center is finally coming to life.
The Duvall Foundation of the Arts obtained the deed for the property Dec. 12 and celebrated the accomplishment most recently with the community Feb. 22. Headway on the center continues as part of a tri-party development agreement between DFA, the city of Duvall and Westcott Homes.
“We want the performing arts center to preserve and promote an artistic hub for the scope of the Valley,” said Elizabeth Hill, volunteer project manager and board member for the Duvall Foundation of the Arts.
In a region known for heavy rainfall, Hill said there are not many indoor spaces to be used for creative opportunities in the Valley. The arts center plans to open an outdoor area this summer, which includes a trail pathway connecting the parking lot to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.
The new three-story center will replace an old barn just west of State Route 203. Hill said the top floor will provide an area for performing arts, in addition to rentable space for special events.
She said the middle floor, which is located at ground level, will highlight galleries of work from local artists. Hill hinted at an informal gallery space for citizens and artists to get coffee and gather for short films, photography displays and more. A daylight basement is anticipated to allow for a kitchen, green room and dressing area, she added.
“We have so many creative people in the Snoqualmie Valley,” Hill said. “We are trying to make this space as flexible as possible because there are so many different types of creativity.”
Once all money is raised for the building, Hill said remaining construction should take 18 to 24 months. The multi-million-dollar project will be funded through various grants and donations within the community.
King County’s 4Culture provided an abundance of funding for outdoor site improvements, Hill said. The city of Duvall, Rotary Club of Duvall and numerous local businesses have also donated time, services and money for the arts center.
Westcott Homes, the overall project owner and developer, started outdoor improvements for the center in the fall of 2018. Westcott is also building about 99 new townhomes around the property.
Hill said the city of Duvall obtained a parking lot for people attending events at the performing arts center and for pedestrians accessing the new connection to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The city also helped with road frontage improvements along SR 203, she added.
The project site now has developed roads, street lighting and proper working utilities. Now, Hill said the foundation is focused on fundraising money to complete the infrastructure.