Capital Campaign

THE POWER OF MUSIC TO HEAL OUR COMMUNITY

Creating a bold future through the healing & restorative power of music

Walker|West is engaging the community in new and important ways, and will be looking for the support of donors to help expand and deepen its impact. As Walker|West heads into its next 30 years, the organization has a plan to fund three pillars of its work for a community investment of $13M.

  • Celebrating Culture $8.2M (establishing a new facility)
  • Healing Community $3.5M (expanded music education access)
  • Inspiring the Future 1.2M (growing capacity to serve community)

With each area of this campaign, Walker|West will acquire the means to be a community destination with state of the art tech, integrated and flexible spaces that are culturally relevant and uplifting for generations to come.

Read the full case statement about our campaign here.

View the Campaign Overview (pdf)

Join the campaign

To discuss a major gift, please contact: Braxton Haulcy, Executive Director (braxton@walkerwest.org) or complete a pledge form.


New Facility Plan Highlights

CELEBRATING CULTURE THROUGH PLACE

Securing the site and funding for reinventing an existing space is the cornerstone of our capital campaign. Walker|West will need to find a new space because our current lease agreement will end in 2023, and will not be renewed.

  • Walker|West is reaching capacity with 230 students per week and serving 5,700 annual program participants. Our mission is not capped at 230 students per week; many more students can and will be served the benefits of a Walker|West education.
  • Recitals and performances are consistently beyond capacity.
  • Storage spaces for instruments are overflowing.
  • There is no designated parking, which sometimes creates dangerous situations for students and concert-goers.

COST: $8.2M

Want to join our campaign and would like to learn more about our investment in community with a new facility?


New Building – By the Numbers

HOW MUCH – 3 YEAR INVESTMENT NEEDED TO OPTIMIZE COMMUNITY IMPACT

16,000 SQFT FOR RELOCATION IN EXISTING LOCAL BUILDING

Building Purchase Acquisition

Construction

Design

Project Management

Fixture & Equipment

Other costs (i.e. survey, environmental, etc.)

Contingencies

TOTAL BUILDING PROJECT COSTS

$1,980,000

$4,340,595

$404,880

$120,000

$250,000

$407,160

$412,780

$8,165,415


A holistic approach

Though a large part of our campaign, the site isn’t the only investment we’re making. Fulfilling each funding area works to energize and support our strategic plan goals.

We’re focused on providing:

  • Better access for both African-American and Low Income students/families
  • Increase the number of African American participants in our program to support closing the educational opportunity gap
  • Strengthen the community through the power of music in our time of need reaching students and families in our neighborhood

Read the full case statement about our campaign here.

To discuss a major gift, please contact: Braxton Haulcy, Executive Director (braxton@walkerwest.org) or complete a pledge form.


Capital Campaign Steering Committee

Bruce Nerland
Christy Bartlett
David Mohr
David O Fallon
Grant West
Ivory Ruud
Jock Donaldson
Judith Titcomb
Mary Pickard

Mary Bolkcom
Mary K Boyd
Mary Mackbee
Melanie Broida
Nieeta Presley
Rev. Carl Walker
Russell Knighton
Jennifer Halcrow, Project Leader


Make your gift by mail or in-person.

Please first complete a pledge form to be returned to Walker|West. Include your pledge form with your payment if sending by mail or bringing your gift into our facility.

Here is our address: Walker West Music Academy, 760 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Make your gift online.

Please first complete a pledge form to be returned to Walker|West. Forms can be returned by mail or in-person at the address listed above, or by email to penda@walkerwest.org

We accept electronic donations in two ways, via PayPal and/or our GIVEMN page. You do not need to have an account on either site. Gifts can be made with credit or debit cards.

*When you make a gift online, there may be additional processing fees. If covering those fees with your gift is prohibitive, please consider mailing in a check.