We are taking advantage of reduced foot traffic at the Arts Center by making a few long-overdue improvements! The first space to see major change is our Black Box theater, which is getting new flooring for the first time since our facility opened in 2002.
The Black Box is one of the more widely used spaces at the Arts Center. From preschoolers building their gross motor skills, to children and teens exploring the visual and performing arts through summer camps and out-of-school programming, to people of all ages rehearsing and presenting performances in a range of artistic forms, it seems like everyone eventually finds themselves in the Black Box.
Its flexibility has made the Black Box a desirable space – one that sees more foot traffic than most. Because of this, general wear and tear left it in need of replacement. Additionally, because the space has become a favorite for use in Early Childhood Education programming and programming in our School of Theatre and Music and School of Dance, there was need for something more physically forgiving and user friendly.
Fast forward to October 2019! Black Hills Energy heard our cries for assistance and provided more than $8,700 to pay for commercial-grade rubber flooring that will provide a durable, safe space for movement that also has the capacity to dampen sound. We are thankful to Black Hills Energy for this generous grant!
Stay tuned to see additional improvements as we use this facility down-time to keep the Arts Center moving into the future!