Envision San Angelo's next BIG project - groundbreaking 2014

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Groundbreaking held October 29 at 10:00 a.m. — SAPAC held the official ground-breaking ceremony at the former Coca-Cola Warehouse, with construction set to begin on this phase of the performing arts campus, which includes repurposing the former warehouse into a 300 seat theater, black box theater, seven ballet studios, rehearsal space, back of house and new lobby. Construction is expected to last 18 months, with anticipated opening in the fall of 2016. City Auditorium construction is anticipated to start in mid 2015 with opening also planned for the fall of 2016.

Significant gift helps SAPAC reach funding goal — The San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition and the City of San Angelo proudly announce a $3 million gift that earns naming rights to City Auditorium and allows the modernization and re-opening of the auditorium to move forward.

The agreement between the City of San Angelo, the San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition, and local arts patron Elta Joyce Murphey McAfee provides for naming the auditorium the "Elta Joyce Murphey Performance Hall & Stage at San Angelo City Auditorium."

Mrs. McAfee's generous gift, other gifts and grants received by the Performing Arts Coalition, and funding from the city's half-cent sales tax provide sufficient funds to rehabilitate the City Auditorium stage and front-of-house as well as the addition of a new back-of-house annex.

The improvements will provide outstanding facilities for local performance groups, including the San Angelo Symphony, the Civic Ballet, and others. It also allows San Angelo to attract traveling Broadway-styled shows and other entertainment which it could not do in the auditorium's existing configuration.

City Council last month authorized hiring Killis Almond and Associates to begin final architectural design documents on the estimated $7-8 million project. Bidding and construction on the project may begin as early as next spring, with opening targeted for late 2016.

The newly refurbished Elta Joyce Murphey Performance Hall and Stage at San Angelo City Auditorium will join another construction project next door — the San Angelo Performing Arts Center located at the former Coca-Cola warehouse — to create an impressive performing arts campus and dramatically move forward revitalization of San Angelo's downtown area.

Both construction projects are funded primarily through donations and grants raised during the past three years.

June, 2014 — the San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition is excited to confirm that it has received enough donations and grants to proceed with the construction of the renovation of City Auditorium, addition of a back-of-house annex and construction of a performing arts complex in the former Coke Warehouse, located next to City Auditorium. Construction document completion is underway and ground-breaking is expected in the fall of 2014 on the Performing Arts Center and the City Auditorium rehabilitation work should begin in the 1st quarter of 2015.

Funding commitments will allow completion of both phases of the City Auditorium and the Coke Warehouse conversion to a performing arts center, contingent upon the successful completion of a new markets tax credit closing.

SAPAC continues to solicit and accept donations and offer naming opportunities, to provide adequate operational reserve and endowment funding, as well as seed money for future additions to the Performing Arts Complex. For more information, contact us at info@sa-pac.com

With your minimum donation of $300, an engraved brick will be placed on the walkway between City Auditorium and the new Center. Click here for order form.

The San Angelo Performing Arts Center is a 501c3 non-profit organizaion.

While cooperating when possible, San Angelo's lead performing arts organizations face challenges and lack synergy, and San Angelo lacks a modern space for the performing arts.

  • Angelo Civic Theatre operates its venue on Sherwood Way, but the 60-year-old converted movie theatre shows its age and presents limitations.
  • The San Angelo Civic Ballet operates in a variety of converted former stores on Beauregard and Chadbourne. Studios are overcrowded, not physically connected, and parking poses a problem.

  • The San Angelo Symphony lacks rehearsal space and storage. The 90-year-old City Auditorium where it performs has great need for improved stage, back-of-house amenities, and handicap access.

  • The San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council office operates now in the historic Cactus Hotel.

  • San Angelo does not have a venue to accommodate and produce traveling shows.

While retaining independence, the arts organizations will realize savings, benefit from synergy, and perform in significantly enhanced venues by consolidating in one location. All venues also will be available to non-SAPAC organizations.

  • ACT gains a modern 300-seat main performance space with state-of-the-art equipment and back-of-house, dedicated youth program/rehearsal space, black box theatre, enhanced set-building and costuming spaces, dressing rooms, and offices.

  • The Civic Ballet will have six studios and a Pilates studio integrated in one location with ample parking and safe drop-off and pick-up areas.
  • The Symphony gains a vastly improved performance space, a rehearsal hall,
    offices, dressing rooms, storage, and other amenities.

  • SACAC gains a space with a variety of performance options, plus co-location with arts groups it serves.

  • San Angelo gains City Auditorium amenities to accommodate traveling productions.
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