On a given day, the Festival Ballet Providence studios would echo with sounds of music and dancing as rehearsals and classes unfold throughout the day. But recently, the sounds of power tools pierce through an eerie silence, as contractors replace old flooring and install new equipment and fixtures while the FBP company and school are mostly on break.
It’s all part of a multi-year renovation project that we are embarking on, to enhance the experience of our Black Box Theatre patrons, FBP School students, and company artists.
Goals for Phase I of the plan (September 2017 completion) include:
- Black Box Theater lighting system overhaul
- Audio system upgrade
- State-of-the-art projection system for multi-media projects
- Repairs to main corridor and theater entrance
- Cosmetic and structural improvements to exterior
- Replacement of dance floor in Studio 2
Subsequent phases are still in the planning process and will include even more expansive improvements to the building and infrastructure.
The Phase I renovations total $120,000 and about half of that is being subsidized by a Cultural Facilities matching grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) which allocates funds specifically for these renovation purposes. The funds originate from a 2014 Creative and Cultural Economy bond referendum, approved by Rhode Island voters. The bond focuses on the preservation of historical sites as well as the improvement and renovation of nonprofit artistic and performance centers throughout the state.
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But the grant requires 1:1 matching by the recipient organization, meaning we need the help of our audience and supporters to get us to our goal. Now through June 30, the first $59,552 in donations made to the “Cultural Facilities” capital campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
The FBP studios and Black Box Theatre serve as a destination for artists and arts enthusiasts. This ambitious new undertaking will ensure its future as an artistic landmark for generations to come.