New Year, New Dixon! If you have visited our grounds recently, you might have noticed giant piles of dirt, cement trucks, and lots of orange fencing; all signs of an exciting and progressive renovation. Here is a little information to keep you up-to-date on our progress.

Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Education Building

In April of 2018, the Dixon broke ground on the Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Education Building, the first expansion of the museum since 1985. The Farnsworth’s gift represents one of the largest contributions in Dixon history.

Construction is now nearing completion, with the building opening to the public in the Spring of 2019. The Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Education Building will better connect the existing museum and garden programs, and be a catalyst for launching new experiences at the Dixon. The plans for the building include indoor and outdoor classroom studios, a permanent interactive gallery space, and offices for Dixon instructors, interns, and education staff, a small greenhouse, and storage facilities.

“The Dixon looks forward to new opportunities to strengthen partnerships and relationships with neighborhood audiences, arts organizations, gardens, schools, and other non-profits through programming in this new learning structure” -- Margarita Sandino, Director of Education, Dixon gallery and Gardens

    
Brett Grinder, Penn Owen, Mayor Jim Strickland, tommy and Liz Farnsworth, Margarita Sandino, Brady Moore,
and Director Kevin Sharp at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Education Building.
In progress shot of build, winter 2019. 
 

 

The Ruthie and Casey Bowlin Stage 

Currently under construction, the Bowlin Stage will be complete by the end of March. Remodeling the stage has given us the opportunity to make this area an even more beautiful and more useable space, not only for wedding ceremonies, but for other special events. Leveling the lawn will allow for better drainage and more comfortable seating for guests. Added electrical will allow us to add ambient lighting and more power access points for musicians and speakers. A mix of seasonally-appropriate mature and new plants will add lushness and keep the space fresh year-round. Perhaps the areas of biggest impact are the hard spaces: the stacked stone walls, Lutyens steps, and brick stage, all accented with bluestone.

So much care has been given to create a design that’s in keeping with the Dixon’s aesthetic—lush plants, English-inspired design, and classic architecture—and this renovation really feels like we’re unveiling the full potential of this special spot.


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