CAK

The Contemporary Arts Kitchen

The Contemporary Arts Kitchen (CAK) was a home, a work-shop, a venue and a safe place.

 

In 2009, the Creativity Collective were approached to take over a large art loft on Main Street. They'd anticipated a home and a place to launch a community arts center.

The organization moved into the 6000 square foot upstairs building at 809 Main Street in Klamath Falls and dubbed it the Contemporary Arts Kitchen (CAK). The building had no heat, was heavily grafittied and filthy. The Creativity Collective sought donations of paint and supplies and met weekly to have cleaning and painting parties. Hundreds of hours and an equal amount of money was invested to make CAK presentable. The group sought a business license and was denied. The Creativity Collective would have to cease all live music shows at 809 Main, the sustaining source of their income. Over the next several months, more provisions were put on the operations at CAK. The licensing entities gave The Creativity Collective until May 7th, 2010 to find a more suitable home.

The Creativity Collective, the building’s owner and the licensing entities met to discuss a game-plan that would allow CAK and all of its programming to stay at 809 Main Street. An internal fire-escape would need to be built to code. There would have to be upgrades to the electrical systems, doors and exits.

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Coincidentally, the ground-floor address beneath CAK was coming available. The Collective had always wanted to add this floor for more visibility. They kept their classes, offices, and casting agency upstairs and moved their live music shows, plays, film premiers, and café downstairs in 2010. Building renovations presented themselves immediately and after a year and a half battle, they let CAK go.

The Contemporary Arts Kitchen was in essence was just another project of the The Creativity Collective, focused on bringing an all-ages art center to downtown—a place that could distract the youth from negative influences. It was as scrutinized as it was revered. 

It provided under one roof:

  • Theater playhouse
  • A "hang-out" for artistic youth
  • Educational facility for all ages
  • Arts magazine headquarters
  • Film studio and editing headquarters
  • Inexpensive band practice space and musical venue
  • Artist studio and gallery space
  • Dance studio and performance space
  • Cafe and separate lounge area for adults

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Our Venue at 809 Main, Klamath Falls OR. Top picture and below: Our venue 811 Main St, Klamath Falls OR

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