CDC presents $100,000 check to Ashtabula Arts Center for renovations | Local News

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ASHTABULA – Ashtabula County Civic Development Corporation (CDC), in conjunction with the Ashtabula Foundation, presented a check for $100,000 to the Ashtabula Arts Center on Tuesday to help pay for its newly renovated and renamed theater.

The Civic Development Corporation provided $100,000 for the renovation of the theater, and $60,000 of that amount was donated to the CDC by the Ashtabula Foundation. The project was also supported by a $30,000 grant from the Ashtabula Arts Center Foundation.

“We are so grateful to our funders for making this project possible,” said Meeghan Humphrey, Executive Director of Ashtabula Arts Center. “This renovation has made our theater safer, cleaner, more comfortable and more accessible for our audience.”

The new name for the indoor theater – 13th Street Theater – was announced at the grand opening gala on September 17.

CDC Executive Director Amanda Tirotta said the arts center is a real gem in the community, improving the quality of life in Ashtabula County.

“For nearly 50 years, the building has been a cultural and creative cornerstone for impacting our entire community – a building that fosters creativity and education for all and enriches everything that walks through the doors, from attendees to patrons,” she said.

The theater opened as the GB Community Theater in 1987, and although the lighting and sound equipment have been updated, the theater itself has remained unchanged.

The renovation addressed comfort and safety issues and refreshed the theater with a vibrant new color scheme. The new seating plan includes five integrated wheelchair spaces where a wheelchair can be placed right next to its companion seat, and each aisle seat has an accessible folding arm.

The new stage curtains are all made with a modern flame retardant material that will never need to be reprocessed. The aisles will be lit with LED strips, making travel in low light conditions safer.

“Having a contemporary arts center in our community provides a unique creative environment for families in Ashtabula County,” Tirotta said. “With the Arts Center’s many offerings, we have a vibrant future filled with creativity and opportunity.”

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the arts center with state taxpayer dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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