Plymouth Arts Center
Over 20 years ago, the idea to build an Arts Center in Plymouth became a reality through the dedication of approximately twelve interested individuals. The community gathered together to create this cultural gem in the heart of downtown Plymouth to benefit the residents of the greater Plymouth area and Western Sheboygan County. With the support of the Gentine Family Foundation and numerous volunteers, an abandoned auto dealership formerly owned by Van Horn Automotive was chosen to house the newly formed Plymouth Arts Center along with the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and the Plymouth Historical Society.
The Plymouth Arts Center and its numerous art exhibits, art classes, musical and theatre performances, and festivals, generated significant interest and participation in the arts by people of all ages and walks of life. The increased artistic needs of the community and the need to effectively and more efficiently use the space, led the way for a capital campaign and the renovation project.
Today, under the leadership of its Board of Directors, Board President Tom Slater, Capital Campaign Chairman, Lou Gentine, Chairman and CEO of Sargento Foods, and Executive Director, Donna Hahn, the Plymouth Arts Center has undergone a major transformation to provide for its current and long-term projected needs. The $1.5 million project was generously supported by local and regional businesses, foundations, and individual members and friends. The results of the project are a stunning, new Arts Center, a cultural showplace for artists and performers and a center for entertainment, attracting more than 20,000 visitors and residents per year. It also serves as a community center for a variety of parties and business meetings and is an important anchor business helping in the revitalization of historic downtown Plymouth, WI; while continuing to provide meaningful art related experiences for all.
The architect for the project was Groth Design of Cedarburg. PAC Board Member, Robert Hoopman (retired architect) served as the in-house Project Manager. The general contractor was Mike Koenig Construction. The Building Committee Members: Tom Slater, Lou Gentine, Karloy Galstad, Robert Hoopman, Bernie Nowicki and Donna Hahn
Highlights of the renovation project include:
· An increase in theater space by 50%, now have seating for 175 in our greatroom area
· Two new classrooms with natural light to enhance educational opportunities; offering quiet classroom and rehearsal space
· Moved Gallery 110 to the west side of the building. The gallery is first class with its hardwood floors and new LED lighting
· Opened a Gift Shop featuring the original work of PAC member artists and PAC memorabilia
· Added 2400 square feet of storage space
· Added a full-service catering kitchen with access to a new outdoor canopied serving area and landscaped greenspace
· Created a new vestibule with automatic doors, accentuated by an exquisite "CHIHULY" style lighting fixture
· Created a new foyer/waiting area for guests
· Revamped Executive director's office
· Created a ticket office/administrative assistant office
· Added two new handicap accessible restrooms
· Installed new electrical wiring and lighting throughout the building
· Landscaped the outdoor plaza garden area
· Added a new, fully insulated, roof and drain system
· Insulated all exterior walls
· Installed high-efficiency HVAC units & the latest high-efficiency lighting and controls including LEDs throughout the building
The renovation project began in mid July 2011 with a Grand Opening Celebration held on March 2, 2012 in conjunction with a special Members' Exhibit. Donna Hahn said, "We are extremely proud of the outcome of this project and what it means for our community and the greater area. We especially thank Lou Gentine and Sargento Foods for leading the way and our fellow chamber members and all the businesses and individuals for their continued support of our efforts in presenting the arts." PAC President Tom Slater said, "There were so many wonderful and talented people who gave of their time and fortune to make this dream a reality. The results are a world-class Arts Center that not only serves the needs of the community, but introduces the Arts 'experience to everyone." The Plymouth Arts Center invites you to visit today.
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