Click below to listen to the special South Burlington City Council meeting when the concept for South Burlington City Center for the Arts was first unveiled.
Late in 2015, inspired by a series of news articles surrounding the reimagining of South Burlington's University Mall and anticipated development of the City Center district, local theatre artist / educator Tim Barden had an idea.
He reached out to South Burlington City Council president Helen Riehle and asked a simple question. "Had the city considered the possibility of developing a performing / creative arts facility as part of the City Center vision?"
Truth was, during the 30 year genesis of City Center the idea hadn't really been considered.
Riehle connected Barden with City Manager Kevin Dorn, City Center Project Manager Ilona Blanchard and the trio quickly began brainstorming ideas. Shortly thereafter, an ad hoc committee of local and New York arts professionals and supporters was established to work on the project and by the end of 2016 South Burlington City Center for the Arts was incorporated as a Vermont 501 (c) (3) non-profit.