The Thornton Wilder Center for the Arts organization is working to design and build a multi-purpose arts facility that will serve as a performing arts center, instructional space and regional venue for arts events and exhibitions. The centerpiece will be a 400-seat flexible-space theatre to support arts education and community arts programs. The performing arts center will serve the cultural needs of the communities in the ConVal District by allowing for and encouraging collaborative endeavors between all of the arts disciplines.
WHAT WILL THE CENTER OFFER?
A venue for local performing arts organizations: music, theater, dance
Host festivals and other events that invite others into our community
High-quality venue for various presentations, for use by district communities
A cultural amenity that will attract families to the school district and Monadnock area
An appropriate performance space that will encourage and empower students to perform to their highest levels of ability
and much more…
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Arts Enrich Community & Education
Many local arts organizations have expressed their need for performance space, including interest in the following potential uses of a new performance facility:
Plays or Musicals
Countless studies have proven the necessity and value of teaching essential 21st-century skills through arts education.
WHAT IS OUR COMMUNITY SAYING?
“My father, Richard E. Amidon, was on the building committee for ConVal. He told me several times that the intention was always that the amphitheatre space would eventually be the site for an auditorium.”- Marcia Amidon Lusted, ConVal Class of 1980
“[Herbie] Hancock thinks that the arts may offer a better vehicle to teach math and science to some students. But he also sees value in touching students’ hearts through music – teaching them empathy, creative expression and the value of working together and keeping an open mind.” – Moriah Balingit, Educators want to pair math and music in an integrated teaching method, The Washington Post, April 26, 2016