At Golden Belt we are committed to the idea of being a resource and voice for the neighborhood. We have taken the following steps to actualize this commitment:
- Affordable Units: LRC Properties, the developer and owner of the Golden Belt Campus, has voluntarily lowered rates on and leased 3 units of loft housing at the 50% AMI level.
- Artists’ Workshop and Gallery: The new Mill No. 1 development at the Golden Belt Campus includes new artists’ workshop with 25 affordable individual studios for fine artists. The most common size of these spaces, 12’ x 12’, are available for $250 per month. The workshop also contains a classroom and a gallery that are programmed by the Golden Belt artists. In addition to the individual studios, Golden Belt is home to a new gallery and workshop space for the Durham Art Guild, a local non-profit focused on mentorship and residency programs for both aspiring and established artists from the Durham community.
- Mill Stage: The northern plaza off of Taylor Street offers a music and performing arts stage. Over 80 free events were produced in the inaugural 2019 season, providing a community entertainment venue not previously available in East Durham.
- Steering Committee for the Arts: A 7-person committee has been established to represent different perspectives from our community, with the intent to provide a diverse display of fine arts, concerts, and performances at Golden Belt venues.
- Support for Habitat for Humanity: LRC has contributed more than $20K towards the Habitat for Humanity local repairs program, which helps existing low-income residents and seniors in our neighborhood keep their homes in good repair.
- Internship Programs: LRC provides paid internships for local students.
- The building 2 Community Gallery is a place for artists from the surrounding neighborhood to showcase their talents.
- Job Creation: We require our service providers to hire locally whenever possible, and have orchestrated hiring fairs with our tenants to connect them to the community.
We are committed to providing a community resource through free, diverse, and enriched fine and performing arts programming. Let us know how we can do better.