South Burlington City Center for the Arts

A World Class Creative Arts Facility for South Burlington's City Center

Purpose

To elevate, enrich and expand hearts and minds on the stage, in studio, in class and in the community by employing and encouraging development of the creative arts in South Burlington’s City Center and beyond.


Genesis

For several decades, the City of South Burlington has moved  toward development of a central district called City Center, located around Market Street between Dorset Street and Hinesburg Road.

Lewis Family Playhouse - City of Rancho Cucomonga

Lewis Family Playhouse - City of Rancho Cucomonga

Late in 2015, Spotlight Vermont, a performing arts academy located within the City Center district, approached the City with the idea of developing a creative arts complex in the district. 

In 2016, a group of local business, education and community leaders began meeting to consider the possibilities of such a project. A Vermont non-profit corporation, South Burlington City Center for the Arts was established with the goal of realizing the dream of a creative arts facility that would serve as a beacon of excitement and learning for City Center, South Burlington and Vermont. 

What could City Center Arts include? Here's a few ideas.

  • 600 Seat Performance / Meeting space. Currently, the inventory of performance space in Northwest Vermont is missing a mid size venue. A theater of this size, roughly 40% of the capacity of Burlington's Flynn Theatre, would be perfect for a variety of programs for which current venues are either too large or too small. This space could be used for resident companies, smaller touring shows, film, music, festivals, live streaming of events, commercial meetings and civic use.
  • 150 seat multi-use studio. This space would be used for virtually any type of meeting, performance, rehearsal needs imaginable. Retractable seating would allow quick conversion of the space into a large open room 
  • Arts Education Facility - Dance studios, arts education classrooms, media, musical theater, new media all designed to increase availability and quality of arts education in the area.