BENEFITING: High Places Community Church
Just a few years ago, many residents of Oak Ridge, Tennessee would have believed The Historic Grove Theater needed to be torn down. Vandalized and left to ruin, some had a different vision for what the space could become.
The theater is now home to numerous Arts organizations, public concerts, fund-raisers, dance troupes, and more. Purchased in 2004 by High Places Church and rennovated by church and community volunteerism, the theater has returned and is now a vibrant part of the Oak Ridge community. Weekend concerts, symphony and choral productions, as well as weekly rehearsals are all happening inside the walls of the once dead, lifeless facility.
All of this is offered by the church to community user-groups at no charge. The theater survives by the generosity of church, community partners, and charitable donations -- all creating a web of community which we believe raises all our boats.
But so much more needs to be done. Stage lighting needs to be improved and a switch to LED energy efficient bulbs will go a long way to helping the theater GO GREEN. Heating and air units are aged and difficult to maintain temperatures in the lobby and other areas. The back section of the theater (the old pump house / coal heated room) has a roof that is desperate need of repair & the facility needs to be moisture locked & painted sometime in 2014-2015. This final push to restore the theater will run upwards of 100K. We'd love to raise half of it here.
You can give or volunteer time helping us make repairs. Help make the Grove Theater all it can be. Support our efforts to create a quality space for the Arts in Oak Ridge that is accessible and free to the public!!