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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 44  |  June 2, 2020

BC Cultural Arts Center hosts fundraiser to preserve vision of historic BC Space on June 22

Rick Conkey, who is undertaking the transformation of BC Space into BC Cultural Arts Center, maintains that venues such as BC Space are irreplaceable because they present valuable performing and visual arts for the public. To this end, there will be an event to raise funds to bring this vision to fruition.

On Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Moss Point, the festive fundraiser will feature an open bar, silent auction, and live music from Jason Feddy. Admission is $50.

Participants can be a part of launching Laguna’s first Cultural Arts Center on historic Forest Avenue and maintaining Mark Chamberlain’s legacy. Sadly, Mark, co-founder, owner, and curator of BC Space Gallery, passed away from cancer last year.

BC Space Chamberlain

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Mark Chamberlain leaves long legacy

This art-filled fundraising event will bring like-minded art loving people together to ensure a bright future of Laguna’s first Cultural Arts Center. The funds raised will help us harness the power of the arts for the benefit of the community.

As more than an art gallery, and more than a music venue, BC Cultural Arts Center’s 2,400 square feet will also present the history of Laguna Beach’s visual and performing arts, while introducing new artists. 

“Mark had a vision for BC Space. In order to preserve this historic Laguna Beach venue for the future, the building’s owner will generously invest $80,000 to protect the historical aspects of the space, while making the improvements to meet the cultural, visual, and performing arts needs of Laguna Beach. This fundraiser will help finance the final improvements necessary to make this BC Cultural Arts Center a reality,” says Conkey.

BC Space Feddy

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Jason Feddy will be featured at the fundraiser

According to Conkey, BC Cultural Arts Center will provide an opportunity for our residents and visitors to understand the town’s rich art culture and history. It will also serve as an epicenter and engine for music, pre-screenings for films, classes, dance, poetry readings, artists’ talks and more. 

The BC Space remodel will amplify visitors’ sensory experiences by presenting artists of all kinds in a setting that ascends to the quality of their talents.

 “Mark Chamberlain would call you an ‘Artivist’ if you loved Laguna and love making a difference,” says Conkey.

As a community, the goal is to get together and ensure top-notch programming and experiences for residents and visitors.

Event planners are still looking for silent auction items.

BC Space Gardiner

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Local Poet John Gardiner often read at BC Space

For those who want to help but can’t attend the fundraiser, it is still possible to become an “Artivist” by joining this GoFundMe effort and making Mark’s vision a reality. 

To make an impact, go to the GoFundMe page here.

--The Fan - $50 Contribution

--The Local - $100 Contribution

--The Artivist - $200 Contribution 

--Performer’s Patron - $500 Contribution 

--Buy A Brick (engraved name displayed in venue) - $1,000 Contribution 

--Arts Underwriter (branding tastefully displayed in venue) - $5,000 Contribution

Moss Point is located at the end of Moss St at PCH.

BC Cultural Arts Center is located at 235 Forest Ave. 

For more information or to RSVP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 573-8624.

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