Red tape. Delays. Building codes. Changing requirements. Moving targets. More delays. Denials. Perseverance. Partnerships. Approvals. Hope. Set backs. More waiting ….
But still moving onward and upward!
That about sums up where we’re at in the process of getting Upstairs Arts open.
For those who don’t know, Upstairs Arts will be a holistic creative space in downtown Redlands that will function in partnership with The Arising Global. It will be just up the stairs from our prayer room and will function as an artist’s studio an artist’s studio (with individual booths available to rent) a gallery, and a hang-out lounge where you can drink loads of coffee from Back Alley Coffee downstairs. There will also be open space set aside for a wide variety of equipping classes. Although Upstairs Arts has been in the works for months, let’s just say the last month or two of jumping through the necessary hoops to get things officially open has been a bit “interesting.”
Progress has been slow, but we ARE making progress. We had hoped to soft open in late 2019 but obviously that didn’t happen. The good news is that we’ve already done a ton of work on the space, so once we get the necessary occupancy hurdles cleared, we can be ready to open officially in as little as 2-3 weeks.
In the meantime, we continue to use the space in a low-key private use sort of way, including hosting our Friday worship gatherings at the Upstairs Arts site at 113 N. Fifth Street, Redlands (follow @upstairsworship and @the_arising_global on instagram to stay in the loop) and we’ve also recently added a weekly prayer meeting and other things are in the works.
Speaking of prayer, if you are a praying person any prayers on our behalf are appreciated! Favor, provision, discernment, the right partners, etc. are all important. In particular my ability to jump into this endeavor full-time was contingent upon an earlier opening (among other things) so I need His wisdom for next steps. However, beyond all of that—we want to move in alignment with His heart. He IS the Way Maker and we know HE will make a way for all of HIS purposes to come to pass in His perfect timing (for a recent post on my personal blog on that topic click here).
Redlands and its people have been on God’s heart for a long time—we know this “jewel of the Inland Empire” will become a jewel in His crown. That’s why we believe this endeavor was birthed in the heart of God for His purposes—not ours. That means the ball is in His court and that gives us great peace and confidence. Although there have been obstacles lately, there have also been so many miracles and “God-incidents” along the way that we had to start a book of remembrance to try to keep up with them! In our own power we can’t “make” anything happen and we don’t plan to try. But we will keep standing and “showing up” until He shows us otherwise.
As we do, we will do our best to keep you posted along the way. Keep an eye on our social media accounts and websites for updates. For artist inquiries, information on ways you can partner with us, or if you just want to say “hi” or share an encouraging word, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May you all continue to align with His amazingly good plans for your life as you “come up higher” in this season!
Blessings and joy,
Cindy Powell, Director, The Arising Global/Upstairs Arts
** All artwork depicted in the pictures is by Aeron Brown and shown with permission.**