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Deadline looms for arts school funding

It's crunch time for the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

In order to receive a $900,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation to help double facilities on the 8245 S.W. Barnes Road campus, the 103-year-old arts college must raise $670,000 in donations by a looming March 31 deadline.

The clock is ticking with the deadline a few days away.

'We're a little nervous about reaching our goal,' says Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, college president. 'I've been worried, nervous, stressed. I've been losing sleep, and I hate losing sleep.'

The Kresge Foundation issued its challenge last March when the college had nearly $3.6 million left to raise to meet its $14.6 million goal to complete the first phase of a campus expansion. For the past year, campaign leaders have whittled away at the total by securing $3 million in contributions and pledges from individuals and businesses in the community.

The first phase of the expansion will add about 30,000 square feet to the campus. It includes the construction of two new buildings to house a drawing, painting and photography studio as well as a thesis building for students in need of studio space to complete degree requirements.

This first phase will also include renovations and additions to the metals and ceramic studies buildings and a remodel of the existing book arts facility on campus.

For more information about how to support the expansion project, visit www.ocac.edu or call the Oregon College of Art and Craft at 503-297-5544.

- Christina Lent