Wouldn’t it be cool if Pullman Washington had an Arts Centre? A beautiful theatre right in the heart of our town in a gorgeous historical building. A place that highlights and supports all of our artistic talent on the Palouse and through out the state. A place to hear music. A place to see theatre. A place to experience dance. Wouldn’t that be great? We think so too. Pullman Civic Theatre is heading up a project to create Pullmans only Arts Centre in the Audian Theater on Main Street.
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The Audian Theater
Opening in 1930, the Audian theater stands on the location of a previous auto mechanic garage. The theater went through two major remodels including a repositioning of the auditorium in 1936 and upgrades in mid 1990’s. Much of the original architectural design is still evident in its current design and the building holds a level of charm reminiscent of 1930’s movie houses.
The Theater was always a movie house and remained one of two primary places in Pullman to see movies until the opening of the Village Centre Cinemas. The building has been empty since the early 2000’s.
The Vision – The Audian Performing Arts Centre (APAC)
Kristin Lincoln – Project Head
Jeri Harris – Board Development
Tracie Brelsford – Facility Development
Jonathan Biles – Business Sponsorship
While PCT is heading up the project at this time, the APAC will be eventually have its own Non-Profit organization to steer the direction of the Centre. The fundraising plan consists of three main phases:
Phase 1 – Acquisition
The Audian Project Team is currently making contacts and formulating a plan for acquisition of the building. Once agreements have been reached we will update this site.
Phase 2 – Remodel
Once the facility is acquired, we will get to work refurbishing and upgrading the facility to meet our needs. We have been in talks with the WSU Architecture Department regarding bringing in WSU students to create designs that will eventually be passed to a licensed architect to create the final design. The APAC Board of Directors will run an aggressive fundraising plan to fund the remodle. Stay tuned for more details!
Phase 3 – Maintain
Because the APACs primary mission will be to promote and support the Arts, it will need to keep rental costs down to ensure performing arts groups are able to afford to perform there. As such, the costs of operating the facility can not rely on rental and ticket prices alone. The primary focus of the APAC board of directors and staff will be to locate funds to maintain the facility though grants, membership dues, fundraising events, etc.
The Project Blog
Kristin Lincoln, Project Head, will continue to update the below as we move forward on the project
April 10, 2017 –
A lot has been happening since we launched the crowdfunding campaign! We’ve had a number of interviews from local media and the word is out on our plan. The idea is spreading like fire and the excitement in the community is really exciting to see. We’ve had the city building inspector, an electrician, and a building inspector check out the space and we are still in great shape facility wise. The roof is in good shape and just needs a few patches made and the electrical is mostly still usable. We’ve created three different areas that we are currently focusing on and have appointed people to head up each task. The first is to create the Audian Performing Arts Centre non profit organization. Jeri Harris is head of APAC Board Development and is currently talking with potential board members. Tracie Brelsford is in charge of Facility Development and is pricing out what it’ll cost to re-model the Audian. The third area of development is in creating the over all business plan and then reaching out to area business for funding opportunities. The business plan is being created by myself and Jonathan Biles. Jonathan will then head up Business Sponsorship once the full plan and feasibility study is completed. We’ve reached out to members of the community and the university to help us insure we create a foundation that will enable us to have a successful Centre. We are so excited to see the support in the community and while we all know its going to take time to make sure we have a great facility, we are all dreaming of the day we can cut the ribbon! Stay tuned as we move forward! We are still in need of seed funds to ensure we can negotiate a fair lease agreement and start the renovation so donate today!
March 23, 2017 –
The website and crowdfunding campaign is launched! While we work on other fundraising activities, we are also working hard on building the business plan for the facility, researching the remodel plans, and building our future board of directors. We’ve started making some valuable connections and have talked with the Chamber of Commerce and WSU Performing Arts. We’ve also started conversations with the WSU Architecture department about getting some design drawings done by the students. Today we also had a city inspector take a look at the facility and for the most part the place looks great! We will be looking into bringing the bathrooms up to ACA standards and re-doing the electrical system. Tracie Brelsford is just chopping at the bit to get her hands dirty in the remodel. Gotta get the funds for the lease first! So make sure you head on over to our crowdfunding page and help us reach our first goal.
Check back here often for updates on where we are in the process. Once the business plan and full fundraising plan are polished we will post them here. Thanks to everyone that has supported us and lets build an Arts Centre!