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The home of PlacerArts could be on the move to Rocklin. The PlacerArts Rocklin plan was originally developed to expand the art movement into South Placer, not to replace Auburn’s presence. With an increase of monthly rent in Auburn, that move could be on the horizon sooner than expected.
Angela Tahti, executive director of PlacerArts, said in late July that a second space in Rocklin was being sought after, but there were no plans to leave the Auburn Arts Building.
With the increase of rent for the Downtown Auburn rented space, the board of trustees decided on August 1st to put in their 30-day notice. Currently the rent for the space is $2,500, which puts a strain on the budget. Tahti said that their budget is smaller this year so they need to shrink their footprint in Auburn.
According to Tahti, moving their offices to Rocklin doesn’t mean they will be completely out of Auburn. Programs like the Art Walk and Art Tour will continue in Auburn, should the move take place.
The event attracts artists and art lovers from all over the country and the world, and moving the Arts Building into Rocklin, would greatly impact the business around Auburn. Should the move take place, this Thursday could be the last Art Walk in the Arts Building.
On July 28th, the Auburn City Council issued a resolution of support to the organization for its work in the community.
At last week’s Auburn City Council Meeting, Councilman Dr. Bill Kirby said that the new rented space in Rocklin would be a cost savings for PlacerArts, but the financial impact on the Art’s council would be profound. Kirby also said that PlacerArts has been a great advantage for the county, bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars to the community.
The Arts Building in Downtown is where PlacerArts currently resides, and also as many as seven artists rent space. These days, there is a high vacancy rate within the building, which impacts the budget for PlacerArts who depend on renters to supplement their monthly rent.