This week we salute our long-time non-profit client the Diana Wortham Theatre, a cultural and educational resource for our community hosting live performances of music, theatre and dance by national and international touring artists since 1992. The Theatre has also been available to a wide range of regional arts groups and organizations to present performances and events. In 2017/2018, over 40 organizations presented over 200 public events at Diana Wortham Theatre, including local favorites Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Asheville Performing Arts Academy, Asheville Lyric Opera, Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, Music Video Asheville, and YMCA of Western North Carolina.
An exciting transformation has been in the works since January of this year: thanks to corporate and individual donations, the Diana Wortham Theatre is now The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, transforming the single-stage entity into a three-venue performing arts complex. Construction is impressively slated to finish for September 2019! The new center will bring artists, students and audiences together to experience, learn and celebrate through performances of music, theatre and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists, as well as a wide array of performances and events by over 40 professional and amateur regional arts groups.
The Center will continue to provide support for low-income schools and students through the Matinee Series and the Performing Arts Y.E.S. Emerging Artists Fund Scholarship, offering students a chance to attend theater and dance performances as well as shows with historical and social context about such topics as black history, bullying, and the importance of voting.
The arts experience will expand beyond the walls of the theater, with the Center bringing nationally recognized artists into the classroom, allowing students to learn more about the artists and the subject matter, and test their wings as a performer, as well as provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in the performing arts.
ABE is honored to collaborate with such a thriving cultural institution in Asheville, and we look forward to the grand opening of The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts in September.