Liz Kirchner


The Christiansburg Institute Inc. is inviting the community to submit designs for the Edgar A. Long T-Shirt Design Contest themed: “Reimagine Our Building,” one of several fund-raising efforts to re-roof and re-imagine the historic space.

“Can you breathe life into the historic Edgar A. Long building,” the flyer seen around town said. “Once it was a school structure. Next it will be your learning center.”

Planned as a place of “gathering, honoring, building and being brave,” the T-shirt design contest asks, “How do you re-imagine it?”

“In addition to the t-shirt design contest and other programs and projects, our development committee and community task force is engaged in an ongoing multi-platform fundraising strategy,” Chris Sanchez, CI project organizer, wrote in an email. “We’re wanting to raise $137,000. That figure does not reflect any potential grant matching opportunities. We’ve raised $13,000.”

The re-imagined building will be a place to meet, engage in conversation about issues facing the New River Valley, and grow as a community, according to Sanchez. It’s a place where “we uplift the marginalized around us, create brave spaces, and learn from one another,” Sanchez wrote.

The diversity of fundraising efforts is a blend of new and traditional.

Historic preservation grants, online crowd funding and social media campaigns, and advancing partnerships with local…

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