Let the merriment begin! Actually not quite yet…the eyes and ears of Findlay area residents will no doubt experience a multitude of delights and retain fond memories after visiting performances at the new Marathon Center for Performing Arts. The center will not be open for business until 2015, but planning is already underway for what is designed to be the center of cultural enrichment for Findlay.
Those familiar with the Central Middle School, now mostly demolished, will see the center constructed on the West Main Cross Street site utilizing the former school’s auditorium. Findlay City Schools enthusiastically donated the site for the project. Area schools will reap benefits from their donation as performances will educate and entertain all grade levels, enriching their lives and those of others, for generations to come.
The $10-$12 million project cost will partially be covered by a sizeable donation from the Marathon Oil Company, and a $300,000 grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Foundation Board of Trustees with the balance being raised through fundraising efforts beginning this year. One-third of the $300,000 grant will be committed toward a permanent agency endowment. The groundbreaking is expected to take place this spring.
RCM Architects of Findlay president, Jerry Murray, has been associated with the firm for 25 years and is working to design this exquisite jewel that will include a box office area, atrium and fully rebuilt auditorium along with other niceties to ensure a wonderful experience for guests. Murray is also spearheading the fundraising for the project along with a consolidated group of other area organizations. Murray has been a stalwart in supporting community activities and local business ventures.
So keep your heads up, snowy days and low temperatures may drag your spirit down, but just imagine enjoying a night out for dinner at your favorite venue followed by a magical performances of song, music, theatre and more.