ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS BUILDING:
After thirty years of sustained artistic growth, Arts Empowering Life has put its root down with a new, innovative, multi-purpose Arts facility. The building was conceived in 2019 to meet the growing needs of the various groups and programs of Arts Empowering Life. It was constructed during the worldwide pandemic and is a testimony to determination and teamwork as hundreds of volunteers worked alongside experts in commercial building trades to create the structure you see today.
Numerous unique design features are based on the natural elements of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. The exterior wood cladding is Shou Sugi Ban, an ancient Japanese technique of preserving wood with fire. This texture is combined with a firm earthbound foundation of stone, all set in place by volunteers, and surrounded by extensive plantings of natural fauna. The tower houses a wind turbine visually expressing the element of air, and providing sustainable power. Rain gardens surround the structure, and inside, a water feature is planned that will cascade from the height of the tower structure.
The building houses three first-floor, flexible spaces for individual and group instruction and rehearsals, and a large space which accommodates entire theater sets, ensembles, and performances. The econd floor has an overwatch balcony, a conference/kitchen area, a solarium, a deck, and an additional rehearsal space. Built to combine function with beauty, this building provides both the young and established artist a creative space for education, rehearsal, and inspirational work.