As the library board of trustees is also the board for the Barrow Art Gallery, we are fully committed to a successful future for both entities. Yet, the Gallery is its own nonprofit entity with its own needs.
Like the library, the Gallery has been operating under significant space and accessibility constraints that limit display, work and storage space. This makes expanding hours of operation, offering programs and growing revenue challenging. Unlike the library, the Gallery receives no public funding.
The Barrow is also in need of its own accessible street entrance. Having the opportunity to expand into space currently occupied by the library with its period-appropriate architecture is a lower cost way for the Gallery to gain space and grow programs and revenue. The board truly believes the Gallery is a “hidden gem” and is committed to seeing it flourish well into the future.