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The Exchange, Bloomsburg, "Cash & Carry", Oren B. Helbok

Exchange executive director Oren B. Helbok with "Cash & Carry" work

A 501(c)3 non-profit incorporated in Pennsylvania, The Exchange takes as its mission bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region.  We have one full-time employee, three part-time employees, and a steadfast crew of volunteers, including our board of directors, who along with artists, musicians, donors, and all of the people with whom we interact over the course of a year make The Exchange a vibrant and essential part of the central Susquehanna Valley's arts and culture scene.

The Exchange Gallery, operating year-'round in that storefront, serves as the heart of what we do: Since early 2014 and as of the spring of 2024, we have hosted more than 80 exhibitions, most of them open to artists of all ages and levels of experience; we have displayed 2-D and 3-D art by about 900 people -- everyone from Bloomsburg University art professors and their students to professional and amateur artists who have shown in our region for decades to preschool children and others of all ages sharing their creativity publicly for the very first time anywhere.

For our other programs, which include the Art Cart, the Listening Room, ArtFest, ArtOfPA, and more, please follow the navigation links above.  When you have questions, please get in touch with us through the Contact page or using the phone number or e-mail address below.  We look forward to meeting you and having you involved here!

Exchange History

The Exchange began as a project of interested, concerned, active citizens in and around Bloomsburg who saw the need for an arts and community center on Main Street — the project catalyzed and fostered by a wonderful building, the former Moose Lodge. The name Moose Exchange paid tribute to the building’s roots as well as the vision for its future.  (The photo here shows the building at the time of its opening in the spring of 1950.

Our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization took over ownership of the building in 2012 when its owner, Drue Magee, donated it to us free and clear.  Drue's decision to buy the building from the Moose had ensured its long-term survival; her vision had made the Moose Exchange possible; and her outstanding generosity ensured the long-term strength of the organization that has become Exchange Arts, doing business as The Exchange.

For information on the non-profit's current board of directors, click here.  For information about the paperwork that we did to apply for 501(c)(3) status, click here.

 

Many who knew 203 West Main Street as “the Moose” continued to refer to it that way – but in its new incarnation, "exchange” more accurately described its function: Every day, people of all ages and backgrounds came into the building and their horizons expanded as information, knowledge, and ideas passed among them.

Moose Exchange, Bloomsburg, The Exchange
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On the 30th of January, 2014, a fire of undetermined origin swept through the back of the first floor and most of the second floor of the building.  Between the fire, smoke, and water (LOTS of water), the building required more renovation than our non-profit can afford, and in early 2016 we gave it away.  We look forward to an owner who can one way or another make the building once again an asset on our Main Street.

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