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Property Sale Announcement

As we approach OCAC’s closure following the spring term, we are pleased to announce the sale of the OCAC campus to our longtime neighbor, Catlin Gabel School.

While this news may be bittersweet for much of our community, we also know many will be relieved that the campus has been sold to Catlin Gabel, a school with deep connections to OCAC.

Both OCAC and Catlin Gabel are private, nonprofit educational institutions. Serving students from preschool through 12th grade, Catlin Gabel is also philosophically aligned with OCAC, offering ceramics and woodworking instruction for its students starting in elementary school, along with a robust general arts education. Even as many school districts have reduced arts classes and electives due to budget constraints over the years, Catlin Gabel has continued to offer childhood art education. Many of the school’s students go on to pursue arts degrees.

The connections of the two institutions go beyond art education. Catlin Gabel originally received at least two campus buildings, Vollum Humanities Center and Toad Hall, from the Vollum family—the same family that granted OCAC its campus, then a filbert orchard, in the 1970s. Both the Catlin and OCAC campuses were designed in part by the late local architect John Storrs and landscape architect Barbara Fealy. The schools have been neighbors for more than 40 years.

Selling the property will help us cover all of our expenses through the end of the academic year and fulfill any financial obligations after this spring. This arrangement will also enable Catlin Gabel to enhance its long-term strategic, enrollment, and campus goals, including its desire to provide students with more opportunities related to academics, social life, athletics, and the arts.

While the sale is final as of today, April 29, 2019, OCAC will temporarily lease back property from Catlin Gabel to ensure our students are able to complete the May term and allow for an orderly closure after our final commencement ceremony on May 19. OCAC plans to cease all operations at the end of May 2019.

We will continue to share updates on the upcoming closure as new information is available. In the meantime, we hope you will join us in welcoming Catlin Gabel to the campus.