Sandy Springs to Host Charrette on Programming Its Performing Arts Center

Workshop targeted to visual, performing and musical arts and business planners 

The City of Sandy Springs is seeking input from directors for arts organizations, theater, dance groups, music promoters, visual arts organizations, and youth and business programming to participate in an interactive charrette, which will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Heritage Sandy Springs located at 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328.

The charrette is intended to gain feedback from these groups on their organization’s potential uses for the City’s performing arts facility, including how the variety of programming uses will impact an annual calendar, amenities needs, back of house requirements and seating.

Rick Davis, Executive Director of the George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center, a multi-use facility in Manassas, Virginia, will facilitate the session. Davis joined George Mason University in 1991 as Artistic Director of Theater of the First Amendment and a member of the theater faculty, producing dozens of world premier productions. In 2011, he was named Executive Director of Mason’s new, 1,200-seat Hylton Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art venue with multiple performance and exhibition spaces presenting touring artists as well as many resident arts organizations, civic events, business functions and educational activities.

“The workshop is designed to hone our strategy for the performing arts center and associated community meeting space. We want to ensure we fully understand how the ultimate users – our local civic, community arts and similar groups – expect to use the facility, so we can fine tune the design for those uses,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

Registration for the charrette is requested. Organizations can RSVP online at sandyspringscitycenter.com/charrette. The sessions are organized by business and performance categories, and times for the sessions will be emailed to those registered.

The City launched an online survey for community feedback on desired programming events on September 11, 2014, which will remain open for feedback until October 3, 2014. Based on the charrette, analysis of survey data and additional research from industry experts, the City Center Planning team will provide recommendations to the City Council on a programming strategy.

The Sandy Springs City Council approved a site development plan for the City Center on September 2, 2014, which includes office space to house government services, green space, residential and retail areas, in addition to meeting space and a performing arts center.