Willoughby Arts Complex planning begins

Perseverance Theatre and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will host an initial planning discussion for the Willoughby Arts Complex on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the JACC.

The discussion, which is open to the public, will feature guest expert Tony Forman of Theatre Projects Consultants, who will be in town for the weekend to meet with theater and JAHC staff and boards about the project. Forman will facilitate discussions with those groups about what the planned arts complex needs to include, with an eye to developing planning documents to help bring the project to the next stage of development. Also participating in these talks will be Dennis McMillan, of the Foraker Group, who will help the groups develop a governance plan for their joint venture, organized as the partnership.

This facility is envisioned to be the future home of both Perseverance and the JAHC, and would include a professional theater and gallery, as well as meeting and office space used by both arts groups and others, such as Juneau Jazz & Classics.

Current plans call for it to be constructed in the parking lot between the JACC and Centennial Hall, possibly incorporating the existing JACC space. The facility would join the new State Library Archives and Museum building, currently under construction, in strengthening a strong arts presence in the Willoughby district.

For more information, visit www.perseverancetheatre.org/about and jahc.org/nutsandbolts/jaccpacc.

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