Planned Expansion

In response to the need for classroom space for education, meeting space for the community, and catered food and beverage service during regular gallery hours and special events and rentals, plans are currently underway to build an addition to the Pump House in time for its 25th anniversary as an arts center in 2016. For more information, contact Ted Fickisen, Chair of Pump House Board of Directors.

Well House concept drawing

In The Press

By Marvin Jones

The southeast section of Yoctangee Park could take on a new look in a few years if the Pump House Center for the Arts is successful in raising the funds to build a retro-looking addition. The first step toward the effort for approval is this week.

At the Design Review Board meeting Thursday, the Pump House Board of Directors is seeking approval of the concept for the addition. Final approval will be needed from City Council.

Ted Fickisen, local artist and current chair of the Pump House board, said the addition would cost about $300,000. He said the plans are possibly to begin construction next spring after a fundraising campaign and for the addition to be opened in time for the Pump House's 25th Anniversary as an arts center in 2016.

The addition, designed by Marsh Architects, would take on the appearance of a structure that was next to the main building back when it served as a water pumping station for the private Chillicothe Water Company more than a century ago. It would have a small kitchen area to prepare mostly snack-type foods, have seating inside for about 100, a patio area in the front and a room that would serve as a classroom for art instruction.

Source: Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce Weekly Update, June 21, 2013

Pump House to launch capital fundraising campaign

By Matthew Kent

CHILLICOTHE – The Pump House Center for the Arts plans to launch a capital fundraising campaign next month to help spur additional donations for the construction of a proposed educational center estimated to cost $615,000.

A cafe, classrooms for artists to teach classes on site and space available for social functions are part of the addition, which is meant to resemble the Pump House’s former well house that once stood on the site.

Officials have raised just under $300,000 as part of the expansion plans but will enter 2015 with the assistance of independent fundraiser Matt Hughes, who will help the Pump House Center for the Arts with ongoing efforts to raise additional dollars.

“We just knew we needed professional help,” said Connie Meyer, finance chairwoman of the Pump House Center of the Arts Board of Trustees. “We feel that’s the best thing to do. He has expertise in the field that we don’t have.”

Ted Fickisen, who serves as president of the board, said he is hopeful the organization will be able to reach its overall goal of $615,000 toward the project. Officials hope to get the project completed by Aug. 3, 2016, in time for the Pump House’s 25th anniversary, but they don’t plan on breaking ground until they are able to secure all the funding necessary toward the project.

“Rather than do small fundraising, we thought we would go after it in a larger sense,” Fickisen said.

An anonymous donor has made a $150,000 challenge gift, meaning the individual will match, dollar for dollar, all gifts up to $150,000. Fickisen said many students often come into the Pump House wanting to take art classes and noted that the proposed addition will benefit the community as a whole.

“We really need the support if this is going to happen,” he said. “They’ll have a place to be proud of, a place to learn more about the arts, not only in graphics but performance and music — a place where they can come in and rest and take in the scenery of the park.”

For more information, call the Pump House Center for the Arts at 740-772-5783.

How to help

Anyone interested in making a donation can do so by writing a check to Pump House Center for the Arts, Yoctangee Park, P.O. Box 1613, Chillicothe, OH 45601.

Source: Chillicothe Gazette,