Update from the Arts & Culture Committee – 09/28/16

Update from the Arts & Culture Committee – 09/28/16

Update from the Arts & Culture Committee

Lisa Katz
Town Board member & Chair Arts & Culture Committee

The Arts & Culture Committee had a busy summer.  As I mentioned in July, The Town Board voted to accept Summit Greenfield’s offer to donate the Wallace Auditorium to the Town! The Town will now be able to proceed with its plans for making the Wallace Auditorium a unique and fabulous amenity for our community.

We also prepared and issued an RFP for Audio Equipment and Installation at the Wallace, as well as an RFP to hire a Theatre Manager. This proposed part-time position will require the candidate to manage all aspects of the theater including bookings, volunteers, contracts, concessions, maintaining the integrity of the structure, cleaning, coordinating and overseeing the needs of each booked production, supervise our preferred vendors, and serve as a liaison between the needs of the Town of New Castle, its committees and the Friends of the Arts in New Castle, a new 501(c)(3) corporation that is being formed by residents of New Castle interested in supporting the arts in our town.

We are also working on the lighting RFP for the Wallace. We are looking into purchasing a video projector.

We created a virtual tour of Wallace created so that those wanting to book the space will be able to see all aspects of the building on the internet including the two conference rooms, entrance space, upper balcony, the theater itself, stage and lower level with dressing rooms. Please look at the Wallace Auditorium page onmynewcastle.org to see this.

However, our work is not limited to the Wallace Auditorium. The mission of the New Castle Arts & Culture Committee is to develop, propose and raise awareness of events and programs on art, music, dance, theatre, film and all other cultural art forms taking place in and around the Town of New Castle. Last month we sponsored LawnChair Theater who presented Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Rec Field. We also sponsored Movies in Millwood. The last movie for that series was held on Fri, Sept 9th with Finding Nemo. Lastly, along with Chappaqua Moms, we sponsored “SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age” which was shown in the Wallace Auditorium earlier in September. We were especially excited to sponsor Screenagers because supporting the arts is especially important for our kids who are growing up in this digital age. Cultural outlets, such as theater, dance and music, are fulfilling and enjoyable pastimes that can last a lifetime.

Finally, we also started a Arts & Culture Facebook page. If you haven’t yet joined, I urge you to do so. We post upcoming cultural events happening around our town. Visit our Facebook page. An upcoming event is Chappaqua Orchestra’s children’s concert on November 19th. I understand that, among others, Paul Shaffer of Saturday Night Live and the Late Show with David Letterman will be narrating some of the pieces.

I would like to thank the members of the Arts & Culture Committee who are working tirelessly to make New Castle an arts and culture destination.