Duvall Cultural & Performing Arts Center

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Duvall Foundation for the Arts is a 501c3 organization.

Find out more about the Duvall Cultural & Performing Arts Center on the FAQs page

August 18, 2019

Construction underway now on outdoor area – Yes that will be our view!

Construction on our new site is in full swing.  Right now, the following items are either installed or are under construction:  Sewer line, water line, stormwater lines, raingarden, power lines, and gas lines.  The following items will be constructed this fall:  Trail through the Duvall Cultural & Performing Arts Center property that connects to the Snoqualmie Valley trail, trail lighting, curb, gutter and sidewalks, installation of the lawn, irrigation, and power to the future stage. We are putting in the infrastructure to support the building.  There may be some work that has to be finished when the weather is dry again in the spring of 2020.  The outdoor area is scheduled to be ready for use in summer of 2020.  Look for news about our plans for a Grand Opening Event next summer!

Deed to the Property

DFA have the contract to own the improved parcel.  We are on schedule to get the deed to the property in the first quarter of 2020.  Westcott Homes is donating the actual land.  We are paying for the improvements with a grant from 4Culture.

Barn Parts and Barn Wood – Artist’s Vision

Many of the barn elements and the barn wood are protected under the white tent.  Here are some examples of the barn elements.  DFA was able to use new technology to laser map the barn parts.  Here are some examples of the output of that work.  

How is the wood going to be re-purposed in our new Duvall Cultural & Performing Arts Center? In 2018 DFA and the Duvall Cultural Commission, with support of 4Culture, looked for input from master artists to work with us on answering that question.  Through a creative consultancy program, invented, organized and administered by 4Culture, DFA was able to consider the resumes of over 80 artists from around the region.  We short listed a group of artists and then DFA and the Duvall Cultural Commission interviewed 4 of those artists.  We selected Don Fels, internationally known artist and recipient of 3 Fulbright Fellowships.  Don Fels (visual artist) along with Susie Kozawa (sound composer) are working with our team including the DFA Board of Directors, the DFA project team, the project architects LMN and our contractor Dan Cook to develop ideas on how to best repurpose what remains of the Thayer Barn in attractive, functional and inspiring forms.  If you are curious about Don Fels please see his website at this link http://artisthinker.com/.  Also, here is a link to a project by Susie Kozawa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPgwrrB0JeQ. DFA Board of Directors looks forward to sharing the ideas that this team generates with the community.

Recent grants

We recently received two grants ($15,000 & $60,000) from 4Culture.

We have an application in to 4Culture for another $15,000 grant.

Fundraising for the Duvall Cultural & Performing Arts Center

As we close in on getting the deed to the property, and having the infrastructure in place, our focus turns again to fundraising for the building. This will require a large community effort and we look forward to sharing more about this as the project moves forward.

How can you help?

First we know there are a lot of questions about the project so when you hear people talking about the project, please share with them what you know.  We need people on the Board who are interested in the things we will need to do once we own property; for example, apply for a non-profit tax exemption, upgrade our insurance, etc.  We are actively seeking people with interest in those areas.  We always need volunteers for our events and fundraisers and we always welcome your financial support.

March 12, 2019

Woodinville Weekly Article Provides an Update on Duvall Cultural & Performing Arts Center


June 10, 2018 – Groundbreaking News Article

June 2018 – New updated design for Duvall Cultural & Performing Arts Center from LMN Architects.

Based on input DFA received from the community and its future users, visits of other art centers, designs of similar projects, the architecture of the Thayer barn and other agricultural buildings in the valley, the rural nature of the valley, site conditions, current codes and our understanding of the future needs of the community, LMN Architects refined the design of the planned Duvall Cultural & Performing Art Center. These are the new designs.

November 2017 – Old Thayer Barn Now Covered

Old Thayer Barn now covered with steel and white canvas tent. Thanks to 4Culture for funding, Cooks Structural Movers for taking the barn apart and building the foundation for the tent building, Clearspan for designing, manufacturing and putting up the tent and Nadja Vol-Ochs Wilson for helping DFA put together this fun video.

October 2017 – UPDATE on the Duvall Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Structural groundwork for the covering took place in October. Thank you Cook Structual Movers LLC for working fast while the weather remained nice. Learn more about the past and future of the upcoming Duvall Cultural & Performing Arts Center here: http://duvallarts.org/community-arts-center/art-center-faq/

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September 2017 – UPDATE on the Duvall Cultural and Performing Arts Center

The City of Duvall has been hard at work this summer putting in major utilities under 203 that will support the project. They are also putting in new sidewalks which are near completion and resurfacing HYW 203 as part of the Main Street project. The box culvert looks great for fish and small wildlife passage. The utilities, street lights and beginning of the entry road are all coming together. The City has done a great job on this project.

The Duvall Cultural & Performing Arts Center project team has had a busy summer as well touring other art facilities including places in Los Angles, Seattle, Vashon Island and more. Information gathering, communicating about highest needs, best practices, challenges, and design solutions. The team has captured and organized information to inform our design decisions. We also have been out talking to local art organizations and are prepared to share the findings from our tours and interviews with the architect.

June 2017 – UPDATE on the Duvall Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Duvall Foundation for the Arts is so excited to let the supporters of the project know that the construction drawings for the infrastructure for the project have been approved by the City of Duvall. DFA will be coordinating the schedule for this construction effort with the developer. Thank you for having faith in our efforts. Thank you to Westcott Homes for getting the designs developed and thank you to the City of Duvall for approving the plans. See approval letter here.


March 2017 – UPDATE on the Duvall Cultural and Performing Arts Center

The City has conditionally approved the Site Development Construction Drawings. Another step in the process. Additional details soon!

October 2016 – UPDATE on the Duvall Cultural and Performing Arts Center

The Duvall Cultural and Performing Arts Center project is being done in steps and much of the work that is going on is not yet visible. This update describes the status of the project and explains how it relates to the SR203 road frontage improvements and the development planned by Westcott Homes. The major activities are listed in chronological order along with notes on who is performing the major elements.

1) Agreements have been completed to allow DFA, Westcott Homes and the City to move forward with a complex set of projects. Agreements address development of the parcel that includes the Thayer Barn, major improvements to SR203 and results in a transfer of an improved parcel to the DFA for the home of the future Art Center.

2)The Thayer barn has been disassembled in order to be able to reuse of barn wood and key architectural elements. DFA had Cook Structural Movers complete this work.

3)Utilities are being moved and stubbed out in preparation for SR203 road frontage improvements. This work is currently underway and is being done by the private utility companies and the City of Duvall.

4)SR203 road improvements is underway. This work is being done by Interwest, a contractor hired by the City of Duvall.  For more information regarding the road project and the utility relocates, see the Mayor of Duvall’s report, Public Works Section at Duvall Road Project.

5) Large cover to go over the disassembled barn to protect the barn wood has been ordered. Currently DFA is working with the vendor on the design of the ecology block anchor system which will hold down the cover in the wind and hold up the interior trusses. The cover is being manufactured and will be installed this winter.

6) Design of site improvements are underway including underground utilities, access road, parking, trail, lawn, gas, power, irrigation, sewer, water, and storm water. These designs are included on construction drawings that Westcott Homes has submitted to the City. The City has reviewed the construction drawings and has provided review comments. Westcott Homes and their consultants revise the drawings based on the City comments. This is a normal part of getting to approved set of construction drawings. There are still some details that are being resolved on the third revision. These drawings are very detailed and get down to very specific information for the outdoor areas including for example where individual lawn sprinkler heads will be located. To indicate the level of complexity of these drawings we are providing an example of the raingarden planting plan that will treat stormwater. The raingarden will be owned and managed by DFA and will have a gravel trail and native plants. See the attached picture that shows the conceptual planting plan in color and then the landscape architectural plans that are based on the concept plan. Each detail of the project has to be thought through, designed and then conveyed in a set of construction drawings. This raingarden example is only one item on one sheet. The overall Westcott project, including the improved parcel for the Duvall Cultural and Performing Arts Center, has 99 design sheets within the plan set.

The devil is always in the details and there are many on this project. 

7) Developer to install the site improvements after construction drawings are improved and likely when spring 2017 arrives and weather improves for earthwork.

8) Developer transfers improved property to DFA for the future home of the Duvall Cultural and Performing Arts Center. Hopefully in January 2018. 

9) Grounds of the Art Center planned to be available for use by the community in Summer 2018.

9) DFA continues to raise money for the design and construction of the new building.

10) DFA, with input from the community, continues to work with an architectural team to design the new building.

11) DFA’s contractor builds the new building.

12) Open the new indoor facility for enjoyment by the community.


Raingarden example: From concept to construction drawings. The raingarden will treat stormwater and has a gravel trail and native plants.


Designing and constructing the outdoor site improvements for the Art Center is part of a larger project that is being delivered by Westcott Homes. These are the construction drawings for Westcott Homes development. There are 99 sheets, each with many details.

Vision for the Community Arts Center:

Develop a sustainable center for the advancement of the arts. The center will serve as a community gathering place for all age groups and cultivate the ongoing development of the artistic center of our community, and provide a place for public entertainment, cultural events, and other community activities.  The barn will be a living link to our history and agriculture. It will also serve as an economic and cultural stimulant for Duvall and the Snoqualmie Valley.

Statement for Development of the Community Arts Center:

The Duvall Foundation for the Arts will partner with Westcott Homes, the City of Duvall, and other key stakeholders to develop the center. Some of the design criteria are creation of a rural feeling around the barn, open loft space with wood acoustics inside the barn, and use of existing materials to the extent practical. Space design considerations are for the art events and performance activities as well as for other community events that are envisioned.  In addition, design elements will support revenue-generating events.  During development of the barn, safety, cost, code compliance, and schedule will also be drivers.

To join our Community Arts Center volunteer group, please send an e-mail or fill out our Barn Volunteer Form.

This is an exciting time for the barn project. Thanks to the barn’s many long time supporters and new supporters, the barn has a chance at a new life!!!

We will be posting progress reports on this page as the project moves along. Please stay tuned!

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