Waco Cultivate 7twelve Downtown Art Space Changes Ownership, Not Philosophy | Local business news

Downtown Waco art space Cultivate 7twelve will celebrate its fourth anniversary at its monthly First Friday Friday night celebration, but the occasion has a touch of melancholy mixed with fun.

Owners Rebekah and Jeremy Hagman are moving back to California and handing over the Austin Avenue arts venue they started to downtown entrepreneur Cory Dickman.

Reason was born last March: the Hagmans’ daughter, Anastasia, their first child. While Rebekah has juggled many hats during her years with Cultivate – businesswoman, event planner, promoter, exhibit curator, store manager and owner, among others – the one that a mother wears has found to be dominant.

“It became apparent to me that motherhood was a full-time job,” she said.

Moving back to California will bring the Hagmans closer to their family and allow her to be a full-time mother, she said.

In addition to its gallery space and a gift shop showcasing the work of local artists during the Hagmans’ tenure as owners, Cultivate 7twelve provided space on its second level for offices, studios and space. of artist’s work on several occasions.

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Creative Waco, a nonprofit for the arts, has its office there, and Art Center of Waco staff temporarily moved to the Austin Avenue location when they had to vacate the center’s longtime home. on the campus of McLennan Community College in the fall of 2017.

At times, the downtown venue has hosted poetry and writing groups, live music performances, artist markets, exhibitions, and other arts-related activities. In 2018, the gallery exhibited a section of wall with part of a dismantled work by famous street artist Banksy and hosted panel discussions and film screenings for Waco’s Deep in the Heart Film Festival. Prior to Cultivate 7twelve, the Croft Art Gallery operated at this location from 2010 to 2014.

The Hagmans contacted Dickman, another downtown businessman, when they decided to leave Cultivate and found him interested. Dickman said he looked at this location, 712 Austin Ave., six years ago when buying a new location for his Waco escape rooms. He passed the property at the time, meandering down a street on Washington Avenue, but liked what he saw and how it was used in later years.

“I love this space. It’s been a Waco hub for creative work,” Dickman said, adding that he plans to maintain the artistic focus of the place. art gallery, he will always hold events there.

And maybe more events. Dickman owns or is involved with downtown businesses including Nexus Esports arcade, arts training company and student entrepreneur Triple Win Waco on Webster Avenue, Waco Escape Rooms, Rogue Media and Waco Ax Co.

He plans to increase live events at Cultivate 7twelve starting next year, using his Undercroft basement and developing a night market as an outlet for Waco creatives.

Rebekah Hagman said Dickman’s experience in downtown Waco and her vision for her future played a big role in their decision to sell. While Dickman and his Rogue Capital are the site’s main investors, the Hagmans will retain a minority stake.

“We have a lot of respect for him,” Hagman said. “He’s a small business advocate and he’s invested in Waco’s identity. He aims for excellence. All of this lined up.

Creative Waco executive director Fiona Bond said the Hagmans did well to make Cultivate 7twelve part of Waco’s arts economy.

“We want to celebrate Rebekah and Jeremy for going the extra mile for Culture 7twelve to leave a legacy beyond them,” Bond said.

The gallery’s First Friday celebration from 7-10 p.m. Friday will feature Waco artist Greg Lewallen and his upcoming book “Insect Narratives: Drawings and Stories of Greg Lewallen.” The book features Lewallen’s highly detailed drawings of insects presented with the text of stories that often surround these images. Copies of the book will be available for order and prints by Lewallen will be available for sale.