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THE VISION "Creating something remarkable for Florida's Capital City"
our community grows, we must decide how we want to grow and who we want
to become. Do we want to provide an enriching cultural environment for
those who live and work here? Do we want to enhance our already strong
educational community by bringing in a key performance arts based
component? And if so, are these notions supported by the people who
live and work here?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
community strongly supports a Performance Arts Center. Having a
performing arts center is widely supported by this community. In fact,
nearly three quarters (74%) of city residents in a City of
Tallahassee poll, said that building such a center was an important
priority and the City should invest in this project.
leaders also support this project. In 2003 a diverse group of citizens
appointed by the City and County Commissions submitted a cultural plan
to the community. Both Commissions adopted it. The top priority of the
plan was a performing arts center.
2004, a study group was appointed by both Commissions with respect to
facilities, to pursue planning for a center. In 2005, the group
recommended a two-venue facility to be built on the 2.65-acre block
bordered by Gaines, Duval, Madison and Bronough streets.
community needs the Center. We need it to enhance our economic,
education, and entertainment future. Our community needs a new
performing arts and education center to support economic diversity, to
enhance our educational infrastructure and to provide the kind of
entertainment we are sorely lacking.
needs. We are no longer a sleepy southern town. As such, we can no
longer rely on the stability of state government to drive our economic
engine. The Center will be a major draw and economic stimulant to
creating a vibrant and economically energized downtown. Imagine the
dramatic impact on the Gaines Street revitalization that 300-600
downtown events per year will have. It will not only jumpstart the
redevelopment of this transitional region, it will stimulate both
housing and retail sectors and will serve as a vital bridge between our
two universities, our community college and our government center.
Undoubtedly the growing number of new downtown retail spaces, most of
which now stand empty, will also benefit from the scores of annual
events the center is expected to bring.
planners and commercial realtors have determined that this project
could potentially be both the anchor and the engine for our community's
investment in Gaines Street Redevelopment. Nationwide, performing arts
centers have ignited or re-ignited transitional areas like our Gaines
Street corridor. A study (March 2007) by the RAND Institute found
that in 11 metropolitan regions, cultural institutions like performing
arts centers are a vital component of community economic development
and neighborhood revitalization strategies.
Like a museum, an art gallery, or a library; a performing arts center
can act as vital “out-of-classroom” learning environment for
grade-school students. With matinee performances, lectures from
visiting performers and the opportunity for local children to witness
and experience exceptional talent up close, the Center will enhance our
top-notch school system.
Not only do
more than 90% of Americans believe that the arts are essential to a
well-rounded education (Harris Poll 2005) but academic research
strongly supports this notion as well. A compendium of studies
assembled by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASA) in
conjunction with the Arts Education Partnership showed a strong and
direct link between art and academic achievement. Additional studies
have also found that art instruction may be uniquely effective in
raising the achievement of at-risk students.
Center can also enrich and be enriched by our exceptional
university-level artists. With a world-class film school, and
nationally recognized music and performance arts colleges there will be
limitless opportunities for the Center to integrate and collaborate
with our Universities, our Community College and their respective
In addition to the standard S.O.B.'s (symphony, opera and ballets), we
clearly have the need for a better venue for Broadway and other
traveling shows. In the past we have been fortunate to have the use of
facilities at both universities and our community college. But the
growing pressure for these institutions to serve their own students
makes community use less and less available. As such, the capital of
this state will essentially be without an available and usable quality
Improving the future of
our entire community. Our downtown stands at a crossroads. With the
finalization of Cascades Park and the unexpected vacating of prime
downtown acres, we are presented with an unprecedented opportunity to
make our downtown truly unique and truly special. We can build or
encourage yet another commercial venture, another hi-rise, or even
another government building. We can build something that will blend
into our surroundings and put us on a trajectory of mediocrity.
Or we can be bold.
can build something that will re-define and re-ignite our downtown as
well as our entire county. We can build something that will help secure
our economic future while enhancing both our educational and
It's time to
act. A performing arts center has been a priority of this city since
the Civic Center Authority was created in 1972 and even went to
referendum in 1993. Multiple government-appointed organizations and
community groups have all put a new performing arts center as a leading
As we have been given a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the Johns center vacancy, as we have
strong community support, as we have a strong need to ensure the
success of the Gaines Street revitalization. The time to act is now.
Mission: To develop "Florida's stage" where people enjoy the
- performing arts
- education and
- community events