Credit: Photo courtesy of the Soap Factory

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Soap Factory

Soap Factory will be ‘going dark’ this winter

Updated: November 9, 2015 - 4:30 pm

The Soap Factory will go on a hiatus this winter amid financial troubles.

The Marcy-Holmes-based arts nonprofit will temporarily close near the end of December due to a lack of funding for operations and programming.

In a statement, the Soap Factory said it lost funding from a significant programming grant following the departure of executive director Ben Heywood in June because the grant cannot support organizations under interim leadership. David Fey has since taken on the interim executive director post.

The Soap Factory’s last show before “going dark” will be Piotr Szyhalski’s “Labor Camp,” which opens Saturday, Nov. 21 and will run through Dec. 20. 

The organization is able to fund some 2016 programming following the hiatus, including Artists on the Verge. Under the mentor-based fellowship program, selected artists are expected to exhibit their work in March 2016.

The visual arts center opened in 1989 in the 130 year-old National Purity Soap Company building. The Soap Factory has regularly gone on a winter break in years past. 

“‘[G]oing dark’ in the winter months is a tradition at the Soap Factory, and hopefully will again serve as a time of reflection and planning with those who are close to this organization and its work,” the board said in a statement. 

The Soap Factory, located at 614 2nd St. SE, will host an artist and stakeholder meeting that is open to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m.