phase 1 // With the above vision in mind, the ESAI Board of Directors set out to begin the creation of the institute’s physical address. Phase 1 includes the acquisition of 14.25 acres on Isabelle Road in Boulder. This address is the ideal location for ESAI due to its proximity to RTD bus stops, bike paths and the nearby communities of Erie, Lafayette, Longmont and Louisville. Additionally, the immense acreage sets the stage for botanic gardening, regenerative farming and land management opportunities.
The second step of Phase 1 includes the renovation of an existing 3,500-square foot building to make the structure an energy-efficient hub with updated infrastructure including a new septic system, water, gas and electricity. This building will be the site of all ESAI classes for the first year after purchase.
phase 2 // The second phase marks the beginning of new construction, fulfilling the vision of a completely accessible campus with classrooms, studios, cleanup areas, an exhibition space and a community room equipped with a kitchen for hosting large-scale events.
The addition of this one-level building means inclusivity for all. Without barriers keeping those with mobility challenges separate from other students, people of all backgrounds are encouraged to collaborate between art forms.
phase you // Although 2020 has delayed the initial phase of purchasing the property at Isabelle Road, ESAI has been cleared by Boulder County with flying colors and is pushing the project forward with more motivation than ever before. The organization has already accomplished so much in just a few years, but still needs the help of its community to complete the important work left to do.
There is no shortage of ways to help make the dream a reality. Monetary donations can be made on the East Side Art Institute’s website and volunteers can donate their time by filling out an application.
To learn more about the East Side Art Institute and the details of their project, visit their website.