The former public library for the Town of Carbondale was repurposed into two dance studios, offices and a locals’ artists’ gallery, now collectively known as The Launchpad. Serving as an all-encompassing ‘Space for the Arts,’ this project addressed the community’s need for affordable and accessible spaces for movement-based artists and musicians to teach, create and rehearse. The gallery encourages an increased economy and creates visibility for local artists, while the offices house CCAH, the organizers of Carbondale’s creative district. By merging the arts, the space has transformed the local art scene and allowed for increased exposure to classes and presentations for the local community.
The Launchpad features two state of the art dance spaces with spring-loaded Harlequin dance floors. One, the Open Studio, also features new beams to support aerial silk artists. The center volume of the studio, double height and with light streaming into it from the east, was the organizing element and main circulation path. This accessible route is called the Promenade. It is open to the Open Studio and features art relevant to the gallery show.