Nonprofit signs 2-year lease at Mint Hill Plaza
by Kara Lopp
Mint Hill Arts is staying put.
The nonprofit signed a two-year lease this week for its spot at 11205 Lawyers Road, suite A, in the Mint Hill Plaza. The decision comes after months of searching for a new location, where organizers discovered that many other larger spaces in Mint Hill were too expensive.
The nonprofit moved into the 1,200-square-foot space in January after leaving their former location off Matthews-Mint Hill Road because of “inadequate parking, inadequate bathrooms, lack of accessibility for the handicapped and not being able to come to an agreement with our landlords regarding expanding into the empty space behind our gallery,” First Vice President Tony Billotto said previously.
The new space, while not as large as the nonprofit’s previous home, solves all those problems, Billotto said this week. The new space also provides 600-square-feet of classroom space and a 90-square-foot storage area with a utility sink for artists to wash out their supplies.
“In many ways, it’s a better situation than the other place. The building is in better condition, the parking is better, we have handicapped accessibility and we’re right in the center of town,” he said. “The longer we’re in there, the more we love it.”
The storefront space also will give Mint Hill Arts more prominence and follows what recent survey takers “overwhelmingly” wanted for the nonprofit, Billotto said. During its first opening exhibit reception in March, the nonprofit saw about 150 visitors. An opening reception for its next exhibit will be from 7 to 9 p.m. April 13 with free refreshments.
“Hopefully (the storefront) will help to generate sales and it’s also nice to have a big window where people can look in and see the gallery,” he said, adding the group’s gift shop featuring works by local artists will return soon.
Want to help?
Mint Hill Arts needs volunteers and is in the midst of a $10,000 matching donation campaign. The nonprofit also is in need of a refrigerator for the new space.
To volunteer, e-mail Mary Beth Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find more information online about donating financially at www.minthillarts.org.