What the Community and Others are Saying


What our community and others are saying about the educational, cultural, and economic impact of arts education.

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Jacob MacKay, professional cellist, ConVal grad

Liz Wisan, professional actress, ConVal grad

Nora Fiffer, professional actress

Cathy Lanigan, President, Monadnock Chorus

Chris McCall, ConVal Parent

Elizabeth Moore, English Department Leader, Theatre Arts Program Director, ConVal High School

Krystal Morin, Choral Music Educator, ConVal High School

Mary Lou O'Neil, Former School to Career Coordinator, ConVal High School

Ingrid Aho, ConVal grad

“The performance space that you are envisioning is something that can not only serve our school and community, but really also be a draw for tourists, which is an increasingly important part of our local economy.”

Gordon Peery, Former President
Monadnock Center for History and Culture

“Keene is as vibrant a downtown as it is because of the Colonial Theatre.”

Bob Elliott, Chief Financial Officer
Monadnock Economic Development Corporation

“Having had two children who have come through the ConVal Drama Department, I am fully aware that the performing arts space is in serious need of an update. This project is vitally important for ConVal High School students but also for the community at large. Having worked with Children and The Arts Festival for 21 years, I am well aware of the limitations of local performance space and how these limitations hinder offering a first class experience for our community. The arts help make our community vital, and a wonderful visual and performing arts space will help the arts continue to thrive here.”

Terry Reeves, Director
Children and the Arts Festival

“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

“Participating in the performing arts at ConVal–both music and theatre–gave me lasting friendships and helped me solidify my passion for classical music. As an arts administration professional at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, I am deeply indebted to my peers and teachers at ConVal who taught me so much. An up-to-date performing arts space would be an incredible opportunity for students to create friendships, learn new skills, and encourage passions that will serve them both personally and professionally for years to come.”

Caroline Eichler
ConVal High School ’07

Thornton Wilder - Center for the Arts