Many of you have been asking about the status of our efforts to have Stuart High School become a Cultural Center. This fall we invited a few members of the community to participate in stakeholder meetings. This group included: Renay Rouse/Florida Arts & Dance Company, Linda Reymore/Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, Alan Hopper/Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Amanda Jones/MCHS-Art teacher, Kia Fontaine/Lyric Theatre, Doug Jewett/Treasure Coast Community Singers, Ted Astolfi & Eric Kiehn/Economic Council, Inez Frid/Martin Health Systems, and Elizabeth Barbella & Robin Cartwright/Martin County Community Foundation. Through their sage input and advice, we created priorities for the project and (if it's possible) become even more excited about what this could mean to our community!
We believe converting the STUART HIGH SCHOOL into a community CULTURAL CENTER will provide access to and create experiences in the arts and education. The self-sustaining Center will incorporate multiple mixed-use venues including space for working artists, performances, lectures, commerce, and office space. How will it will enhance the quality of our community? The Center will:
- Preserve the historical art deco building and grounds creating a regional destination;
- Foster public interaction with local artists including showings, demonstrations and classes;
- Incorporate a SMART Technology space to be shared among tenant organizations and visitors;
- Serve as an anchor for downtown expansion;
- Be an incubator for interactions between the nonprofit arts community and the broader creative sector; and
- Become THE facility providing the cultural infrastructure so essential to improving the life style of all Treasure Coast residents.
A big thank you to our strategy committee and project partners: Hank Gonzalez, Sharon Holt, Craig Chindemi, Don MacIntosh, Karen Janson, Neil Capozzi, Jeff Hardin, Rick Gonzalez and our fearless facilitator, Paul Hamaty, RAND Strategic Solutions.