Built in 1904, the Ella F. Hoxie Elementary School is an historic treasure. With its closing in 2009 a group of educators, preservationists, and community leaders developed a plan to preserve this beloved building and to create a community-based center promoting the arts and sciences. The next few years were spent meeting with town officials, community leaders, and citizens of the area. The ideas have generated excitement, stimulating the imaginations of potential supporters who envision the endless possibilities for use of this historic resource. Numerous events have been held, cultivating friends and supporters and raising start-up funds; further cementing the support for both the preservation of the building and proposed programming. Professional pro bono services have been donated, aiding in the process. The Hoxie Center has become a reality ready to move forward as a cultural and educational force poised to serve Bourne, Wareham, Plymouth, The Upper Cape and surrounding region. We Thank Our Supporters: Hoxie Center is grateful for the generous support of the following foundations and businesses: Kelley Foundation, JBS Foundation, Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation, Town of Bourne Community Preservation Act Committee, The Gramercy Park Foundation, The Cape Cod Foundation, The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, The DORR Foundation, The Anderegg Family Foundation, B&E Collins Foundation, The Mezza Luna Restaurant, Attorney J. Ford O'Connor, Bob Gendron, Paul Rossi Excavating, Bournedale and Peebles Elementary Schools, Bourne School Administrators, Cubic Architects
Hoxie Center is becoming a vibrant cultural community center promoting the arts and sciences while preserving an historic building and providing opportunities for celebration and education for people of all ages. Planned on site and outreach programs include those in the arts and sciences, local ecology and history, cultural events, after school programs for children and youth. Programs have begun with the two elementary schools in Bourne. Hoxie Center will bring people together to share knowledge and learning. The building, with its generous sized spaces and sunlit rooms, will serve as studios and galleries inviting artists from the surrounding community. The Performance Center for concerts, theatrical productions dance performances and more. The kitchen makes possible the inclusion of nutrition and culinary classes as well as hospitality training programs. With proximity to the Cape Cod Canal, Hoxie Center is ideally located for programs in ecology, marine-science, natural history and fishing. The grounds provide space to install a greenhouse and a community garden. Hoxie Center is a membership organization and we invite you to join. Share the excitement in the preservation, education and celebration of our rich history and culture.