Renovations are well underway at the former YWCA. The Rainforest Art Foundation has taken ownership and is converting it to an art museum, honoring world renowned painter Marlene Yu.
“The community has been very supportive,” said Executive Director Stephanie Lusk. “We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback.”
Lusk would like to convert the pool into a climbing, white water training center, but she needs more funding to make that happen.
Leading up to the opening, Lusk is trying to introduce the community to her mother's work by holding seven exhibitions around town. She has a Kickstarter campaign to raise $77,777 by April 22. So, far, she’s only raised $18,000.
“I’m basically praying for a miracle that were going to reach 77, 777 in the next few days,” said Lusk.”
Either way, the renovations continue. The museum is set to open Dec. 21. There will be hard hat tours and a breakfast reception on April 22 from 9 am to 12 pm; the event is open to the public.