Roosevelt Center Purpose Statement:
We will Restore, Reuse, and Revitalize the Roosevelt Center into art, culture, performance, reception, conference, education and community gathering space, providing both indoor and outdoor spaces for people to interact, converse, celebrate and express themselves. We need these spaces because the community currently lacks adequately sized downtown venues for people to meet and engage with one another.
History of the
"Revitalize Old Roosevelt" Project
The Arts have been an important part of our history—from the cultural groups that celebrated through song and dance to the current Red Lodge School of Dance to the Carbon County Arts Guild. The artistic heritage of Red Lodge is enriched by the artists who live and work here today. Many people from the area have gone on to study the arts and be recognized for their talent and hard work. The Red Lodge Music Festival celebrated its 52nd season in June of this year. A performing arts center has been a dream for many in the Red Lodge community for many years.
The Roosevelt Center grew out of the community's desire to create a community center for the arts. Additionally, the community loves the "Old Roosevelt" building. This project has been and continues to be, designed to engage community members, and tourists, in identifying reuses. With the exception of the gymnasium being converted into a performance/conference meeting area, the rooms will be revitalized much as they always were—some will be left vacant for break out space for the conferences and other educational opportunities and others will be rented. The original library/stage will be updated and kept intact for small performances. Visitors who attended the school will still be able to “touch” that piece of their personal history.
To help stimulate the local economy and provide opportunity to businesses to thrive, we have opened the rooms for businesses to get to work.
With options to share space or create a space all their own, these folks have made the Roosevelt Center home.
Many organizations use the space to bring people together.
You can book the Roosevelt Center for your next event. Rental income helps to support the operation and maintenance of the historic building.
Volunteers help make the Roosevelt Center a vibrant home for arts and culture. There are many ways to contribute to the Center and we are always willing to explore new and different opportunities for volunteers.