Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) hosted a private reception Tuesday evening announcing a $30 million endowment campaign with funds designated for the future capital, programming and educational needs of VTA’s arts facilities: the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, home to The Loft Theatre.
“Dayton is fortunate to have wonderful arts venues – the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, home to the Loft Theatre – that we own and operate on behalf of the community. We take stewardship of these buildings very seriously, “said Ken Neufeld, President & CEO of Victoria Theatre Association and the Arts Center Foundation. “In order to plan for the future and make sure each venue is maintained for generations, VTA requires building our current endowment. And that’s just what we’ve been doing. “
“The Next Stage Campaign has met with phenomenal response,” continues Neufeld. “We are already at 74% of our total goal of a $30 million endowment. Tonight – opening night of the 14-15 Premier Health Broadway Series – is about thanking the incredible companies, foundations, individuals and the State of Ohio who have helped us make it so far so quickly and about engaging a broader circle of friends to help us meet our goal.”
Current-use gifts and endowment funds raised through The Next Stage Campaign will be used to support:
- Building upgrades and energy efficiency;
- Technology improvements; and
- New programming initiatives, with plans to introduce more young people to the special experience of the performing arts.
Projects already funded and completed through The Next Stage Campaign include new carpet throughout the Schuster Center and updated stage lighting controls for both the Mead Theatre (Schuster Center) and The Loft Theatre (Metropolitan Arts Center).
To learn more about The Next Stage Campaign and read what has inspired others to contribute by visitingwww.victoriatheatre.com. For information about how you or your company can participate in The Next Stage Campaign, contact Rosie Melia, Campaign Manager, [email protected] or call 937-228-7591, ext. 3044.