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At Leeds Center for the Arts our mission is to energize the community through the beauty and emotional power of the arts and new educational opportunities.
Over the last two years, Leeds has experienced significant growth in programming, management, and financial stability. With help from the community we have been able to replace the roof and double our programming. We were also gifted with a grant to begin fixing the falling plaster in the theater and update the aging facility.
The most pressing need for the Leeds is to begin renovations. While we have a significant amount of money that was gifted to the theater to begin the work, we still have to shut down the theater while completing the work which will limit our ability to program. General operating expenses for the time period it will take to finish the renovations are close to $45,000. Without programming we will need to raise this money through another means.
From an architectural standpoint, Leeds is the crown jewel of our Main Street. A unique, historic building that any community would envy. However, the importance of the Leeds transcends its architecture. This theater, and the memories people have of it, are woven through our cultural heritage. Our community, has, in the current Board of Leeds Center for the Arts, a group of capable, passionate, hard working individuals, with a diverse skill set, all of which are volunteers. We believe that what happens in that building can be a catalyst for economic growth and most importantly, community growth.
Every community needs a space to grow and create together. For nearly a century Leeds has been that place in downtown Winchester. We hope to preserve not only the structure, but more importantly the programs within. Programs that teach children confidence and give them skills to succeed. Music that brings people together. Theater that shows us the world in a new way. The current renovation project would be a huge step forward in matching the energy and beauty of the arts to a space that reflects the hard work and creativity of the people within.
Leeds Center for the Arts has been used by the community in Clark County for over 90 years. What started as merely a movie theater was converted to a community arts venue in the 1980’s. This past year has seen great growth in audience expansion at Leeds. At least 30% of our attendance is from outside of Clark County. We serve all groups in our community and host many guests from other counties and states.
Over the past several years, there have been significant and damaging leaks in the theater. While we were able to secure the roof and begin renovations, it has taken almost all our funds. Now we are left with the daunting prospect of fixing the outdated and damaged interior while paying for general operations. We have an energetic board who have worked diligently over the past two years to bring the theater back to life and create programs that engage and inspire. In the eyes of the people who visit the theater, the outdated and damaged structures diminish the value of the programs within. As a public space it is essential that we provide facilities which are not only structurally sound, but also inviting.
As a facility that promotes community participation, Leeds and its programs have provided public value as a center where one can participate in, and enjoy viewing, the performing arts. Leeds provides a positive impact by maintaining programming that can be attended by both children and adults. The cultural enhancement to the community comes through providing programs that introduce audiences to not only our traditional cultural arts, but also to new experiences and ideas that may not have been previously featured. By maintaining a year-round series of events, we hope to continue to provide arts enrichment and education to the community and pull people to the downtown area, and to Winchester as a whole.
The strategic plan for Leeds Center For The Arts aims to further secure the historic site of the Leeds Theater as a place to share the arts with the community and create opportunities to educate new artists and help in the rejuvenation efforts for the city of Winchester’s downtown. We hope to do this by working on facilities repairs and improvements, continuing to develop community funding through private and corporate sponsorships, and finally to work to expand programming and educational opportunities offered at the theater.
Each area has a Board member/committee to oversee and ensure the success of each activity. Findings are reported at Board meetings. The Board of Directors receives and reviews a financial report at each board meeting (11 per year) on income & expenses for the monthly period prior to the meeting. Board members also review expenses, searching for ways to lower utility/maintenance costs. We minimize HVAC costs by carefully monitoring and keeping temperature levels at a minimum, except when we are expecting an audience.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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