Thanks to the Lyndhurst Foundation, the Benwood Foundation, the Community Foundation, the McKenzie Foundation and the people of Chattanooga (and beyond) for making the renovation of Barking Legs a reality. Come be a part of the new Barking Legs Theater!
Rather than delete the comments included in our initial fundraising effort below, we acknowledge the folks who were particularly instrumental in the campaign by keeping these thanks in place.
To help Barking Legs in this remodeling process, we turn to those that are creating a strong fabric in our community. Using our wonderful, local resources to create transformation, we asked architectsLawrence Mathis and Peter Ewing to weave our collective efforts into one. Through the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, we received amazing support from a group of “Holmies” who turned to us and said “It’s time to update!” Peter was gracious enough to work with them to create an alternative model for the functioning of Barking Legs, and in November 2013, on our 20th anniversary, new ideas began to take form.
To bring in a slightly different perspective, we turned to the original builder who collaborated so well with us 20 years ago, sculptor Rick Booth. Many meetings brought past and present voices together to continually inform us of who we are and how we see our development. We were then ready to include Artifact craftsman Andrew Nigh into our community for attention to all the new things that can occur. To bring new life to Barking Legs, this community of supporters brings a power of possibility to the world we want to create.
As we turn to our community and invite everyone to join us in the realization of our vision to create sustainable changes for Barking Legs, we are ready to initiate a grassroots effort to make sure everyone is involved. Our web designer, Bill Ramsey, immediately volunteered, and generously offered to create a page on our website that will allow our community to contribute gifts and personal capacities. Inside our campaign will be a virtual tour directed and filmed by Travis Christian Upton of Chattanooga Night Out.Com which will include our board members (Andrea Becksvoort, Ann Cater, Chris Dortch, Marcus Ellsworth, Bruce Kaplan, Ann Law, Shane Morrow and Jonathan Susman). This effort places our vision and future in everyone’s hand so that they know the importance of their gifts, generosity and talents.
Another very important aspect of involving one’s community is the sharing of stories. I put out a call to a small circle of artists who have shared their talents at Barking Legs and asked them to reflect on the importance of place. I can testify to the meaningfulness of their experiences at Barking Legs, and I look forward to sharing them with our community on this website page as well. Read our collection of stories at Got Legs: Performers on Barking Legs.
The potential for making Barking Legs ever-more-versatile and vital grows out of this energized community. With our imaginations in hand, we are ready to reach and move upward. Thank you for your help.
Barking Legs Theater
Elements of Renovation: We hit most of them!
New curtains for performance area
New tile flooring in front lobby and bathrooms
Brand new lobby area
Increasing social gathering spaces
New front of building
Keeping jades but displaying them differently
Comfortable, versatile seating
Professional quality piano cover
Aisles to bring you in and out of the performance space gracefully
Easy access to our bathrooms, even when we are sold out
Cabaret tables and chairs for those special jazz evenings
Exhibition space in lobby celebrating our performances of the past
New outside lighting
Clean up and redesign the backyard for extended performances
Updated sound system
New lobby counters
Redesigning the backstage area
Waterproof basement area to allow storage of items now kept upstairs