For the past four years, the one element of Naperville which has puzzled me is the notable lack of a defining and galvanizing community-based center devoted towards innovative arts programs and performance. Don’t get me wrong, there are a number of community performance groups, venues, visual arts organizations, festivals, college arts programs, exceptional high school music programs, dance programs and sources for arts instruction; however, there didn’t seem to be a consistent center-point or crossroads to bring it all together. One of my first postings to the World of Naperville over a year ago dealt with this issue and rather than repeat everything I said here in this posting, I have linked the original posting below:
As you can imagine, I have followed the news and construction of the new North Central College Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center with immense interest. Even more, I am excited by the fact the facility will be largely available and accessible to our community in addition to use by the college.
Here is our opportunity… our galvanizing moment to build something innovative and exciting in giving Naperville a true centerpiece for world class arts. The new facility could not only bring the creative energies of our community arts groups into a centralized space but also foster new and innovative fusion arts programs to strengthen the artistic soul and appeal of our community.
Additionally, there is plenty of research and statistics which prove the tangible and intangible economic impact of the arts. Given the existing appeal of Downtown Naperville, the experience of either visiting or residing in Naperville can be greatly enhanced if we can come together as a community and truly create something special.
Though North Central has raised quite a bit of money as construction continues, there is still a need for money to support the new Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center. If you are interested in donating or simply learning more about the facility, visit the links below:
Fine Arts Center Home: http://noctrl.edu/x21131.xml
To Support : https://www.applyweb.com/public/contribute?nccgift
For large donor or corporate gifts, you can contact:
Remember, money will build this facility, but it is the energy and creative talent of our community that can provide the heart and soul. Let’s work together to build upon the strong foundation which has already been built to take Naperville to the next level in becoming a world class arts community.