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Ad Hoc Performing Arts Center Committee Announces Recommendations

April 21, 2004 Rochester, NY- County Executive Maggie Brooks, Mayor Bill Johnson and Arts & Cultural Council President and CEO Sarah Lentini are pleased to announce the Ad Hoc Performing Arts Center Committee recommendations for the proposed construction of new performing arts venues in Rochester.

In January of 2004 Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Mayor Bill Johnson requested that the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester begin convening meetings of representatives from local performing arts organizations to make recommendations regarding:

1. requirements for potential users of large and mid-sized performing arts theaters
2. requirements for the multi-theater downtown performing arts project overall
3. possible performing arts configurations, users and uses at the Renaissance Square site
4. the path forward

The committee recommends:

• Construction of a 2,800 seat theater to be used largely (but not exclusively) for Broadway-style shows and musical performances.
• Construction of a mid-sized theater with a 1,800 seat capacity that would largely (but not exclusively) be used for philharmonic, dance and other musical performances.
• Construction of a small-sized theater to be used largely (but not exclusively) for theater, opera and dance performances.

In consideration of the potential locations of these theaters, the committee is prepared to offer two concepts:

• In one concept, the new large-sized and small-sized theaters would be housed within the Renaissance Square site (Main and Clinton), while the mid-sized theater would be built at the Rascal site (Main and Gibbs).
• The alternative concept would house all of the new theaters within the Renaissance Square site at Main and Clinton.

A feasibility study is the key next step to determine which of these two approaches is best and should
include an economic analysis as well as examining the impact that opening new performing arts venues will have on existing performance spaces.

Recommendations relating to other aspects of the proposed Performing Arts Center are detailed in the full report which is on the Arts Council’s website at www.artsrochester.org

”We are very excited about the prospect of new performing arts space in our city.” states Sarah Lentini, Arts Council President and CEO “We applaud the efforts of our local elected officials, especially the City and County Administrations, for their efforts in this regard.”

Click Here for the Full Committee Report




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