Why PhotoMidwest Moved to 700 Rayovac Dr.
More usable space: The old space was starting to constrain our ability to easily and flexibly schedule the Special Interest Groups (now up to 8 plus pending Long Exposure group) and classes. We can now schedule classes on any day or night of the week or weekend and also be able to hold regularly scheduled interest group or committee meetings at the same time if needed.
The new location has three separate gathering areas: A Large space with comparable seating to our present one for larger meetings or classes, a Small space for group meetings or smaller classes, and a Gallery space which can be used for meetings or classes. We anticipate using the Sony flat panel for a meeting that needs to display high quality images. The LCD projector will be used if there is a concurrent meeting or class not needing the Sony flat panel capabilities. We also have a shared board-room type meeting room with an adjacent kitchen in the lower lobby at no extra cost.
Accessibility: We are now accessible to all members. The new space has American Disability Act width doors and a working elevator. The building has an adjacent parking lot. Bathrooms and a counter with a sink are directly across the hallway from PhotoMidwest.
Location: Unfortunately, it’s not on the Isthmus. The Williamson St. area is one of the hottest real estate markets in Madison. We needed to retain a parking lot for members and not increase the average distance members’ drive. This was not financially feasible to do in the Williamson St. area.
Location: The new location is on a bus route and has good bicycling access. We also wanted to facilitate members traveling by the University campus to ride share with students. The Chazen, Memorial Union, and Union South offer good facilities to pick up and drop off someone sharing a ride.
Studio space for Members’ use: For the first time, we will be able to offer our members use of a studio space. In fact, several spaces. Cost and availability will be determined in the near future. Let us know if this interests you!
Larger Darkroom: The new darkroom is larger than the current one, with donated equipment and good ventilation. We have seen an increase in use of the darkroom and now offer film and darkroom classes.
Contact Camera@PhotoMidwest.org for more information or to volunteer your time.