Community Arts Center Fundraising Campaign


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I Heart the Arts

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Let's build Buffalo Grove's creative future!

The Opening Act: Introducing Our Vision

Today, we are launching a $1 million campaign to expand arts programming in our community and secure a home for the arts in Buffalo Grove. The Community Arts Center will be a creative hub for the community and the heart of the arts in Buffalo Grove.

It will include a 400-seat auditorium, 3 dance studios, a black box or working/experimental theater, 2 fine arts studios, a classroom for cooking instruction, and several multi-use classrooms.  The Community Arts Center is uniquely suited to provide opportunities to underserved populations, such as teens, seniors and people with special needs.  The new Community Arts Center will house the Park District’s performing arts, dance, visual and culinary arts programming, and meet the demands of future performers and artists in the community.

Recent community surveys consistently indicated that the community was in favor of the construction of a comprehensive arts facility.

In October 2012, we seized an exciting opportunity to realize this long-held dream by purchasing a building in the center of our village at 225 N. McHenry Road.  We are prepared to use all of its potential and create a home for the arts in Buffalo Grove.

We believe that Buffalo Grove is a strong force in the local arts community and that people not only want to perform here, but will prefer to perform here.  The Community Arts Center will create a home for the arts to flourish locally and enhance the quality of life in Buffalo Grove.  Production staff will have greater opportunities to develop talent, mentor performers and artists, and perfect their own craft.  Students who prefer to practice their art behind the scenes in set construction and lighting design will be able to excel and explore new techniques.  The Center will be a place where the community can enjoy top performances by local and regional artists. Most of all, it will be a source of community pride at the heart of our community identity.


Setting the Stage: The History of the Arts in Buffalo Grove

Over the years, the Park District has strategically grown to promote the proven benefits of the arts for our community.  Youth theatre programming started in summer day camps in the late 1980s when musicals were held in local elementary schools with the most basic of stages.  Similarly, our community theater began in 1991 and expanded with the aid of a citizens group, the Performing Arts Council.  After the tremendous response to the first variety show, future Park District productions focused on popular musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Evita.  We have worked hard to give young performers, set designers and technicians opportunities that will prepare them to thrive in future productions.  Visual arts programs have developed steadily, and classes are often filled to capacity, leaving potential participants waiting or searching out programs in another community.

The Community Arts Center is needed to meet the creativity and fast-growing involvement of our families in the arts. Together we can build your creative center!


Encore: You Can Help Us Paint the Future!

To make the Community Arts Center a reality in the near future, we need your investment and support!

The Friends of the Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports the work of the Buffalo Grove Park District.  The Foundation, the Buffalo Grove Park District Board of Commissioners and staff are all committed to this vision.  We ask for your philanthropic support to complete the needed renovations to the facility to transform its space into a comprehensive performing, visual and culinary arts center for the community.

“What I found in the (painting) class has been a model of multicultural experiences with people from their twenties to their eighties participating together and encouraging each other.  I have made new friends, and met a lot of lovely people that I would never have come in contact with in any other way.” ~ Wendy Sabbath

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