Celebrating 15 years of being a gathering place
Posted Jul 14, 2017
Fifteen years ago, the Center was getting its final touches. Tickets were on sale for the Broadway season. Volunteers could submit applications in the 222 Building, which played home to the temporary offices of the small Center staff. Shows were being added and the Center’s full introduction to the community featuring local arts groups and entitled Realizing Dreams (featuring Dreaming Blue, an opera by Libby Larsen) was announced for opening weekend, Nov. 29 and 30.
Since then, we have continued to pursue our mission of being a gathering place for the community to engage in educational opportunities and enhance understanding and enjoyment of life through the creation and presentation of the arts. We have welcomed more than 2.4 million through our doors. We have witnessed nearly 340,000 students watch their classroom lessons come to life on stage in our Education Series. We have engaged more than 100,000 people throughout the region in a community engagement activity. More than 10,000 scholarship tickets have welcomed people to experience the performing arts without financial barriers preventing them from attending.
And while those statistics present a snapshot of what we have been able to accomplish with the support of our community, the depth of the impact is beyond numbers.
Throughout the past fifteen years we have developed additional programs beyond performances that have been able to create shared experiences, build community and change lives throughout the Fox Cities and beyond.
The Frank C. Shattuck Performing Arts Touch the Hearts of Students (P.A.T.H.S.) program will celebrate twelve years of bringing underserved youth together in unique ways to share important arts experiences that provide meaningful growth opportunities. The Broadway League Family First Nights program® enters its tenth year continuing to invite families to learn and grow together through the power of the performing arts. Our Kennedy Center Partners in Education Classroom Connection Teacher Workshops have been giving educators an opportunity to develop arts integration in new and unique ways for six years and our Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards will enter its second year of celebrating high school musical theater programs this fall.
These programs, in addition to artist residencies, performances by local artists, tours, community events, and touring artists and productions have made for an exciting fifteen years. Now, as we look back on the amazing memories we’ve shared, we also look forward to watching our mission at work in the community.