Vincent and Leslie Prince Raimond Cultural Center

In April of 2017 the Kent Cultural Alliance purchased the historic Mansfield/Eliasson house, c. 1800, located at 101 Spring Avenue in Historic Chestertown, Maryland. The building is to be named the Vincent and Leslie Prince Raimond Cultural Center in honor and recognition of Mr. and Mrs. Raimond’s collective 40 years plus of service to the people of Kent County through the arts.

Throughout the 2017 and 2018 the Alliance staged several innovative exhibitions focusing on the role of the arts in connecting communities and creating important conversations. Some of those exhibits included:

  • WarFront/HomeFront – works on hand-made paper by Wounded Warriors with The Arts & The Military, Inc. Tara Tappert, Curator
  • Heroin and Healing – works by artists dealing with addiction and mental health issues with New Day Campaign, Peter Bruun, Curator
  • Solo Exhibition, Jason Patterson, painter of African American History, Kent Cultural Alliance Artist in Residence Sept 2018 to May 2019
  • Migration – Works inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Great Migration Series, by Kent County Public School students.

By the fall of 2020, the Kent Cultural Alliance had raised $1,200,000 to begin the historic building’s renovation process. To date, we have completely rebuilt the building’s foundation. We have completed all interior structural work, reframing most of the exterior and load bearing walls. And we have completed the full exterior renovation including all new windows, new siding (using as much of the old clapboard siding as we were able to salvage) and adding a brand new wrap-around porch with incorporated ADA access.  Painting and gutters should be complete by April 30, 2021.  We are, however, about $950,000 away from our total goal of $2.3 million for the full renovation.  We cannot begin interior renovations until we have raised the balance of our goal. 

As you can see, we are creating a very welcoming space that will serve as an anchor for arts and culture in Kent County, as well as a primary destination within the Chestertown Arts & Entertainment and Historic Districts.

The first floor will hold offices and a large multi use flex space for exhibits, classes, performances and other gatherings. The Porch will serve as a place for community members to gather and connect. The second floor will house our brand new Visiting Artist Residency Program with space for four artists (multi-discipline) at a time for a one to three month residency, a space to create, based on specific themes/calls related to important topics in community, environment, healthcare and more, that face Kent County residents. These mid-career artists will engage with residents, connect with students in Kent County Public Schools and work with community organizations. This is the first of its kind for Artist Residencies in Maryland.

Will you join us?

There are many opportunities to contribute to this project. Gifts large and small are needed. There are some naming opportunities within the building.

For more information please call Director John Schratwieser, at 410-778-3700 or email at john@kentculture.org

Construction

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First Floor
Second Floor