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TCAN's Generations Capital Campaign hopes to secure TCAN’s future for generations to come. The campaign's goal is to accomplish three things: renovate and restore TCAN’s second floor into a second multipurpose performance space and digital screening room, retire remaining debt from the first phase of construction when the Arts Center opened in 2003, and establish a capital reserve fund to support ongoing preservation of the facility.
An exciting opportunity to expand programming
In decades past, Natick had a small movie theater, "The Colonial" on East Central Street. Imagine if we created another in 2016? A state-of-the-art digital screening room that will bring independent films, documentaries, family films, and more to the heart of MetroWest. The planned renovation project will expand TCAN’s programming to include the world’s extensive library of films available conveniently, close to home. And what’s more - the dramatic architecture of the second floor will provide an intimate and acoustically attractive setting for classical music, acoustic concerts, and family programs. This 120-seat concert hall could also support the expansion of children’s education programs, community functions and events.
Create a more sustainable organization
To purchase the facility and complete the first phase of renovation in 2003 required a total project investment of $2.5M -- which included incurring a debt of $750,000. With the generosity of individual donors and prudent management of resources, the debt has been reduced by over 50% in the last ten years. With the elimination of remaining debt, TCAN can redirect operating funds currently used for debt service towards the creation of new programs.
Protect and preserve a historical treasure
Additional funds raised in the campaign will establish a capital reserve fund to support on-going repairs, maintenance and upgrades to the facility. Repairs to concrete floors, a replacement of the roof and improvements to HVAC systems are required. Replacement of dated theatrical lighting fixtures is inevitable. As the arts evolve in a world of changing technologies and trends, we will identify opportunities to reduce energy while preserving the history of the Firehouse.
Now it's up to you.
A pledge of support at any level will make a difference in expanding TCAN’s programming and preserving TCAN for generations to come.
Gifts of $3,000 or more will be recognized permanently on TCAN’s Capital Campaign recognition wall, to be displayed in the renovated facility. For gifts of this size, pledges will be accepted over a three year period. Make a contribution online using the link above, or see below for a pledge form.
If you have any questions, please contact David Lavalley, TCAN Executive Director at 508-647-0097 x204 or email.