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September 11, 2007
Chandler Center for the Arts to Host Public Forums in Conjunction with Expansion Feasibility Study
The Chandler Center for the Arts will host public forums on the following dates:
  Wednesday, September 26 at 7p.m.
  Tuesday, October 16 at 7p.m.
  Wednesday, November 14 at 7p.m.
The purpose of the forums is to assess the need for expanded arts facilities for today’s population. Chandler's population has grown from 89,000 when the Chandler Center for the Arts opened in 1989 to 247,567 today.

Chandler Center for the Arts is a multi-theatre performing and visual arts facility that is jointly owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District. The facility is used Monday through Thursday primarily for school arts curriculum and other school activities, and Friday through Sunday for City/or public performances. The City contracts with the Chandler Cultural Foundation, a non-profit corporation, to act as the programming and fundraising entity of the Chandler Center for the Arts. Under this scenario, the Center represents one of the most unique organizational structures in the country.

In the last year, separate bond elections were held in the Chandler Unified School District and the City of Chandler that resulted in $6.7 million in approved funding to replace aging theatrical equipment and to updating facility amenities at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Additionally, the City of Chandler and the Chandler Cultural Foundation hired Architekton and Associates to lead a Facility Review and Expansion Feasibility Study.
The facility review portion was completed in May and is primarily associated with the bond-approved projects. The expansion feasibility portion is primarily intended to guide long-range planning and/or expansion for the Chandler Center for the Arts. Interviews for the expansion feasibility began in July with organizations, individuals and community groups and will conclude with the public forums.
Each public forum will begin with an introduction on the study that has been conducted to date. Additionally, each forum will include a different focus of arts services for discussion and will provide an opportunity for public input. Specifically, the September 26 forum will include a discussion on facilities; the October 16 forum will focus on programming, and the November 14 forum will cover marketing. Light refreshments will be provided.
All forums will be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue.
For more information call (480) 782-2683.