Rain & Renovations – End of Year Update

A Letter from Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.

Monday, December 16, 2019


The Center has had water intrusion along the West Wall for as long as we can remember. So, early on in the construction process we invested in a french drain and extensive waterproofing system to fortify our “weeping wall”.

You can imagine our disappointment when, despite our efforts, we discovered a considerable amount of water entering the main auditorium. We immediately brought in a team of waterproofing experts and engineers who spent the past two weeks troubleshooting the problem and implementing additional waterproofing solutions.

Success at Last
All of us on the project team were overjoyed this weekend. After the heavy rains on Saturday the theater was dry. We did it! We are now moving forward on the final stages of renovations.

Though we’ve won the war on water, this set back has meant that we need to reschedule the installation of the seats and the flooring which were supposed to be completed this week. As soon as we have this information we hope to provide you with a date of completion.

I would like to sincerely thank you for your patience and continued support during this renovation. Being able to solve the water issues that have impacted The Center for more than 10 years is a huge win. Receiving the text that the theater was dry this past weekend was the best holiday gift I could ask for.

I look forward to seeing you at shows and events in The New Center for the Arts in 2020! It’s almost here and the staff and I can’t wait to celebrate our grand re-opening with you!

Happy Holidays,

– Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director

Again, thank you for your continued support. We hope you’ll consider making a tax deductible gift to The Center for the Arts this holiday season. It would mean everything to our success and assist us in opening our new state-of-the-art facility.