MICA aims to fill the need for cultural space in the Mercer Island community—for performing, creating, learning and gathering. The three-venue facility will provide a home for Youth Theatre Northwest; educational space for the performing and visual arts; venues for plays, dance, concerts and lectures; support for the Mercer Island Farmers Market and a cultural focal point in the Town Center.
The roll-out of ideas for the facility attracted positive responses from some two hundred community members. Potential users of MICA were on display: Youth Theatre Northwest, Island Ballet, Music Works Northwest, Mercer Island Visual Arts League, Pipe Organ Foundation, Russian Chamber Music Foundation and Musical Mind Studio. Music was provided by graduates of Musical Mind and the Island’s own world reknown trumpeter, Joe Vizzutti.
The design team walked through the project—Lesley spoke about the building’s relationship to the park and the Town Center, the performance venues and the community spaces. Tiffany Beamer of OLIN Landscape Architects showed examples of arts-infused public spaces that they have built around the country, and Adam Shalleck of the Shalleck Collaborative talked about the design of the performance spaces. John Gordon Hill, Chairman of the Board, set out the vision for MICA and took questions from an appreciative crowd. We look forward to being part of bringing this vision to life.