Ridgefield Arts Space Opens Downtown

New to Ridgefield, The RAS- Ridgefield Arts Space, can be found just above the hardware store at 208 Pioneer, in downtown. The RAS is established to provide a place of arts, learning and events granting access to artistic, social, and educational experiences regardless of economic standing. The effort aims to maintain and enrich a true sense of community in and for Ridgefield, by the charitable contributions of the residents of Ridgefield.

The event-based schedule varies between 9am-midnight, 7 days a week, and after only opening the doors July 4, Summer Camps are in full swing, with weekly classes being added to the calendar daily. The “Arts for ALL” program of offerings eliminates the need for our residents to commute to outside areas for programs that should be offered right downtown. As founders Liz Kollings and Spencer Velott put it, “We live here and felt the most powerful contribution we could offer our neighbors was providing a community-based space for arts, learning, and fun that supports ALL members of Ridgefield—regardless of their financial situations.”

As a federally registered pending 501(c)(3), Non-Profit organization, a significant portion of every class/event registration dollar—be it for Ballet, Hip Hop, Comedy Improv, Baby Camp; Me classes, Summer Arts Camp, Teen Lounge Nights, or on “RAS Bucks” to buy your sweetheart a drink after dancing at our Date Night event, a significant portion silently goes to provide these very same experiences to those of us whose budgets simply cannot accommodate such extras. If you are one of the folks whose budget can’t afford access to the arts, but also want these enriching experiences for your family, please reach out to us and know that your privacy is secure. If you would like to sign up for classes, or to donate additionally please also email info@the-ras.com, call (360) 947-4484, or visit www.The-RAS.com.

To kick things off for the month of August, if you present a single receipt from ANY business in Old Town Ridgefield, you will receive $5 in “RAS Bucks” for every $25 spent.

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  1. This is what we should all be talking about, supporting and doing to make life what it was meant to be in beautiful places like our small town! The arts bring us together , feed our souls and improve our community in some many ways! Wonderful!

    • We feel the same way, Elizabeth! It’s a philosophy we’ve held for years, and are so fortunate to have this opportunity “to put our money where our mouth is!” We hope so see you at one of our upcoming events 😊

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