Spring 2014 Update: Enriching our Community Through The Arts
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) has launched a five-year $18 million capital campaign to renew and improve the performing arts venue at Maryland Hall. This multi-phase facility modernization includes the overall renovation of the main theatre, construction of two contemporary theatre wings, the creation of a new 150-seat community theatre and the addition of flexible gathering spaces. With this investment the whole patron experience will be significantly enhanced! Improvements will also allow for growth of our thriving performing arts program that includes our Resident Companies and will further enrich the community's involvement in all of the arts.
The renovation of the former high school auditorium into a modern theatre is at the core of the Maryland Hall transformation. The project’s first phase, starting summer 2014, will include the renovation of the theatre's orchestra level seating and the addition of stage elements, including a stage extension and an orchestra recess, that benefit both the patron and the performer. But that is just the beginning of the expansion and improvement of the performing arts' experience!
Funding for this capital project comes from the support of the community - individuals, foundations, businesses and government - who value the critical role that MHCA plays in shaping the social, physical, cultural and economic identity of our community. Quite simply, MHCA makes our city a better place to live, work and play. Over 25% of the campaign goal has been raised in the campaign pre-launch phase and is funding the design and project start.
THE REGION'S LEADING ARTS CENTER – Serving over 100,000 citizens each year,
MHCA is a comprehensive community arts center serving Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and the entire Chesapeake region. For 35 years MHCA has provided a broad range of creative outlets and opportunities to promote lifelong engagement with the arts. As a sustainable performing arts venue, MHCA is a significant contributor to the region's vibrancy and economy.
Inspired Performances Deserve an Inspired Venue
Above: Rendering with stage extension for orchestra
"Goodbye School Hall...Hello Concert Hall!" --The Capital
Prepare for the "wow factor!" Maryland Hall and Resident Company patrons will encounter a transformed theatre when the 2014-15 performing arts season premieres in the fall. This summer's $2 million theatre renovation will result in a significantly improved patron experience at Maryland Hall. But there's more! The theatre renovation is just the first phase of an overall modernization and expansion of the performing arts venue at Maryland Hall that is endorsed by our performing arts partners: Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Theater of Maryland , Live Arts Maryland and Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.
This is just the beginning...
Above: Rendering with recess for a seated, below-stage level orchestra