Skip to main content

The Exchange Will Carry On

Jan 19, 2015 03:41PM ● Published by Erica Shames

Rising like the phoenix, The Moose Exchange in Bloomsburg will move forward, fulfilling its mission with renewed vigor: supporting the arts, promoting education, encouraging creativity, and enriching downtown Bloomsburg and the surrounding community – just not at its original location.

With heavy hearts but nonetheless with expectations for a bright future, the board of 203 West Main Street Inc. has determined that the organization cannot renovate the building known as the Moose Exchange. Damaged by a fire on Jan. 30, 2014, the structure requires a re-investment far beyond what the board can raise.

“So many people from throughout the community – and beyond – have supported us during our five-year history,” says Exchange board president Mary Clapp, “and the board has looked long and hard at our options going ahead. We know that we can serve our region by continuing to do some of the things that we have done well since we started, as well as expanding our arts programs, but not at 203 West Main Street, as much as we love that building. The building remains structurally sound, and it will make a good home for another owner who can take it on.”

Since the fire, the Exchange and its Stairwell Gallery have operated at 24 East Main Street, in a storefront known as the Antler – a small piece of the Moose. 

People from all around the Central Susquehanna Valley have participated in recent Gallery exhibitions, including 20 high school students in the Regional Art Scholarship Exhibition, and the “Cash & Carry” show at the end of 2014 featured work by almost 100 artists ranging from eight-year-olds to university art professors, with every level of professional and amateur in between. 

The Exchange has five exhibitions planned so far for the Antler in 2015, while developing other arts programs and events, and it will once again produce the growing Destination Blues Music Festival, coming up on the 6th through 8th of February, in partnership with Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.

From the day it opened, for the first ArtWalk-In in February of 2010, the Moose Exchange succeeded because of the contributions of the people who brought their ideas and energy to the project. In four years of operation, the Moose Exchange attracted 40,000 people to events ranging from bowling parties to weddings, art openings to concerts, farmers markets to Friday fish fries. With the community’s continued involvement, the Exchange will live on as a vibrant and vital regional asset.

Once upon a time, a building called the Exchange Block sat on Bloomsburg’s Main Street, where the Hotel Magee later stood. Although the Moose Exchange on West Main Street has come and gone, the Exchange name – and the community enterprise associated with it – will not disappear.

For more information, contact Oren B. Helbok at 570-317-2596 or 203westmain@gmail.com.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Susquehanna Life's free newsletter to stay informed

Business, Today regional buzz
  • 2017 Dodge NHRA Nationals

    09/24/2017
    08:00AM — 10:00PM

    The 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals will be held Sept. 21-24 and serves as the second race in th...


  • Parakeet Landing

    09/24/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    09/24/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    09/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • September 23 & 24 – “Then & NOW Living History Encampment/Bivouac” – Visit this Living History Ti...


  • The National Poster Retrospecticus

    09/24/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The National Poster Retrospecticus (The NPR) is an internationally traveling poster show featurin...


  • “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”, a wildly imaginative new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, e...


  • Parakeet Landing

    09/25/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    09/25/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    09/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Honoring Work: The Labor Day Show

    09/25/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    What does “honest work” mean to you? Make art on that theme and bring it in! Artwork welcomed b...


  • Parakeet Landing

    09/26/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    09/26/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    09/26/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Honoring Work: The Labor Day Show

    09/26/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    What does “honest work” mean to you? Make art on that theme and bring it in! Artwork welcomed b...


  • The National Poster Retrospecticus

    09/26/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The National Poster Retrospecticus (The NPR) is an internationally traveling poster show featurin...


  • Parsons Dance

    09/26/2017
    07:30PM

    Parsons Dance is a New York City-based modern dance company, internationally renowned for creatin...


  • Parakeet Landing

    09/27/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    09/27/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    09/27/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Honoring Work: The Labor Day Show

    09/27/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    What does “honest work” mean to you? Make art on that theme and bring it in! Artwork welcomed b...


  • The National Poster Retrospecticus

    09/27/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The National Poster Retrospecticus (The NPR) is an internationally traveling poster show featurin...


  • Michel Martin Lecture

    09/27/2017
    07:30PM

    Veteran journalist Michel Martin will launch the lecture series with a keynote address exploring ...


  • Parakeet Landing

    09/28/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    09/28/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    09/28/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Honoring Work: The Labor Day Show

    09/28/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    What does “honest work” mean to you? Make art on that theme and bring it in! Artwork welcomed b...


  • The National Poster Retrospecticus

    09/28/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The National Poster Retrospecticus (The NPR) is an internationally traveling poster show featurin...


  • Parakeet Landing

    09/29/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    09/29/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    09/29/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Honoring Work: The Labor Day Show

    09/29/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    What does “honest work” mean to you? Make art on that theme and bring it in! Artwork welcomed b...


  • The National Poster Retrospecticus

    09/29/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    The National Poster Retrospecticus (The NPR) is an internationally traveling poster show featurin...


  • Parakeet Landing

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • 17th Annual Harvest Festival

    10/14/2017
    09:00AM

    Stop by and celebrate the harvest at Shade Mountain Winery! This two-day celebration includes th...



PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THESE COMMUNITY SPONSORS


Weis Center for the Perfoming Arts
Albright Care-Services
Geisinger Medical Center