PROPOSED PRIVATELY-FUNDED MIDWAY ARTS CENTER
FIRST COMMUNITY TO MEETING TO TALK ABOUT THE PROPOSED CENTER: Monday, April 2, at 8 p.m. at the Midway Community Center. JOIN US!
Further meetings will be held the first Monday of every month. Public invited. Come and give your input about the proposed Arts Center.
The following articles appeared in the Wasatch Wave.
THE GREEN ROOM – No. 1
In theater, the Green Room is where the actors hang out while waiting for the show to start. Since Midway is on the brink of getting an arts center, it seems appropriate that the public should hang out in the Green Room while waiting for an amazing show to begin – a real, live arts center in Midway!
IMAGINE THIS! You’re in a plush, comfy seat as the lush sounds of the overture surround you. Anticipation grows as the curtain rises, and voila, before you is a scene outside the Covent Gardens in London or in a shabby New York Orphanage. For the next two hours, you’ll be transported to another time, another place, and you’ll identify with perfect strangers who will take you into their lives and will show you what they see and teach you what they feel.
WILL IT CHANGE YOU? You may gain an insight about yourself you didn’t have before. When the final curtain falls, and you return to reality, you may be changed. That is the magic of a stage musical, or a drama, ballet, or concert. If performed well, audiences can feel the energy of performers on the stage, making the experience more moving, more real than a movie. Nothing can substitute for a live performance!
A THEATER? REALLY? Midway is about to get a real Arts Center with a beautiful main theater, a recital hall, and a variety of other performing areas, and most importantly, opportunities to uplift, enrich, and inspire audiences! Land has now been offered in two different areas of the City to make such a building possible.
HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT? In 2007, High Valley Arts Foundation began presenting stage performances in Midway with the ultimate goal of building a privately-funded arts center. The group began to actively pursue land in July, 2014, and by January, 2017, had found a land donor and created preliminary drawings for a privately-built theater.
AND THE COMMUNITY GROUP? In early 2016, the community-based Heber Valley Arts Center Coalition was formed to investigate interest in a publicly-funded arts center. After creating an arts center concept and energetically promoting it in meetings with local government entities, it was learned in late 2017 that neither Midway City, Heber City, nor Wasatch County were in a position to provide public funding to build an arts center, thus casting serious doubt on the potential of a publicly-funded building.
NO FUNDS? THEN WHAT? Fortunately, since HVAF had already created a design concept for a privately-funded arts center to serve all community arts groups and had plans to secure the funding, the two groups began working together to build a privately-funded arts center which would have space for tourist-attracting professional theatrical performances as well as ample venues for community performances and art displays.
WHAT’S NEXT? Over the next few months, information about the arts center will be presented in the Wasatch Wave and on social media. In addition, public meetings about the building will be held at the Midway Community Center on the first Monday of each month at 8 p.m. beginning on April 2. So, get ready! The show’s about to begin.
LET FREEDOM RING, NEW HIGH VALLEY ARTS PROGRAM – No. 2
WHAT THEATER MODEL WILL THE ARTS CENTER FOLLOW? Highly successful arts centers have a resident theater company to provide many events to “brand” the facility with an expected quality. High Valley Arts Foundation (HVAF) will be the resident theater company and will perform on the Main Stage about 70% of the available time. Community arts groups and other events will have access to the three other performing venues (two in the winter), and 30% of Main Stage time all year.
WHAT NEW PROGRAMS DOES HVAF CONTEMPLATE? Theater can be an intense teaching tool. As Brigham Young said, “If I were placed on a cannibal island and given a task of civilizing its people, I should straightway build a theater.” HVAF plans to feature “Let Freedom Ring!” a powerful drama program to promote freedom. Included will be a 2-week summer festival, which, along with Broadway musicals, will feature original musicals/children’s theater, etc. telling spellbinding stories of freedom as well as year-long Family Freedom Firesides in the Recital Hall with stories/acting for kids and adult presentations on freedom topics. The Sutherland Institute and Zermatt Resort are partnering with HVAF in this unique concept to “Foster Freedom Through the Arts.”
WHERE WILL THE MONEY TO BUILD THE ARTS CENTER COME FROM? Private donors will provide the funds to build the Arts Center and will receive naming rights in return, thus giving them a lasting legacy. The principal donor will determine the name for the center.
WHAT WILL THE BUILDING LOOK LIKE? Main Theater (500-600 seats); Black-Box Theater (150 seats); Outdoor Theater (400 seats): and Recital Hall (125-150 chairs). Two-story high structure with a beautiful reception area on the second floor with large windows overlooking the Valley.
HOW EXPENSIVE WILL THE BUILDING BE TO RENT? The estimated maintenance costs of $600-$800/day will price local groups out of the picture. So the non-profit corporation which will build and own the building will seek $2-4 million dollars above construction costs for an Maintenance Endowment to keep rental rates reasonable. Arts groups can become Legacy Artists to 1) meet regularly with the Arts Center Board and 2) contribute, if they wish, to this fund to further lower rental rates.
CAN ANYONE RENT THE BUILDING? Yes. The beautiful building will be available for receptions, meetings, luncheons, banquets, etc. The Resident Theater Company and Wasatch County arts groups will have the first scheduling opportunities, however.
WHAT IMPACT WILL A NEW FACILITY HAVE ON HVAF? HVAF needs a home and an opportunity to expand its programs. As Midway City grows, the facilities we have rented from the City for 10+ years are getting very busy, forcing HVAF to present fewer performances.
COMMUNITY MEETING TO LEARN ABOUT THE PROPOSED ARTS CENTER: Every first Monday in upcoming months. First meeting April 2, 8 p.m. Midway Community Center. All invited.