Mercer Island Center for the Arts
MERCER ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
ORA is collaborating with Framework Cultural Placemaking to design an innovative performing arts and education venue at Mercerdale Park at the southern edge of Mercer Island’s downtown core. MICA will include diverse performance, education, and public gathering spaces to provide simultaneous opportunities and experiences for multiple constituencies. MICA’s lobby integrates a café and gallery space for visual arts, envisioned as a public “living room” opening to the adjoining park. Facilities for catering prep allow the lobby space and the adjacent Theater Lab to be used for receptions, galas and community events. The theatre venues, lobby, café and support spaces are on the ground level. The Recital Studio is oriented to Mercerdale Park with an open outdoor stage to accommodate outdoor performances and movie screenings. An open stair leads up from the Lobby to upper level education spaces: Music, Dance, and Visual Arts classrooms with filtered views to the adjoining forest.