Can the arts connect a community?
At BlackBox Foundation, we believe the answer is yes! And that's why we produce art events, training, and advocacy for all ages in Casa Grande, Arizona. Specifically, we run Youth, Teen, and Adult programs that target getting underserved youth and community members involved in theatre.
One of our long term goals is to provide an arts center for our community. We dream of a place where both established and emerging artists of all ages, can congregate to explore creativity in a brave space.
Recently, through a partnership with the City of Casa Grande, we moved into the historic Woman's Club of Casa Grande. The Woman's Club was built in 1925 and served as a meeting place for woman for almost 70 years. It served as the first town library, and is an iconic building in our community. The building is located in downtown Casa Grande, and is near the Art Museum, the Museum of Casa Grande (historical museum), a dance studio, and an upcoming Neon Sign Park.
We intend to turn the Woman's Club into a Community Arts Center and do our part to help establish a downtown Arts District. It is through placemaking efforts such as this that downtowns can experience a revitalization that affects all sectors of the community.
Currently, the Woman’s Club has a small built-in stage at one end, and other than that is simply a large open space. Through extensive semi-permanent renovations, we intend to extend the stage, and add curtains, lighting, sound, a tech booth, and tiered seating. Through work with a local architect, we have a plan to turn the interior into a flexible space to host theatre, music, dance, art exhibitions, rehearsals, meetings, classes, workshops, and more. This would enable the space to be used by a variety of local organizations with a minimum amount of effort to change the space over for different uses.
Can the arts connect a community? Yes, but in order to do this, we need your help. Please consider donating to the BlackBox Foundation to help us create a Community Arts Center!