There are some exciting changes in store for the Broadway Center. We have spent the past twelve months reflecting on who we are as an organization and what we want to accomplish in the coming years. We are and remain committed to using the performing arts as a platform to build a more resilient, dynamic and connected community.
In an effort to reflect the breadth of our work and the impact that our services have on the community, we will be changing our organization’s name in November. The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts is now Tacoma Arts Live.
With our refreshed identity, we hope to heighten the community’s awareness of how Tacoma Arts Live continues to serve as a dynamic, cultural ecosystem that convenes, educates and energizes the citizens of the South Sound through live arts and unique experiences. We believe the power of the performing arts is as much about the shared experience of the audience as it is about the message conveyed by the artist.
Our intention with our name change is to better highlight our mission: energizing community through live performance, by:
- Creating a dynamic mix of programs designed to convene and connect the community
- Offering educational programs that support whole child development & citizenship
- Stewarding Tacoma’s historic venues in support of the city’s overall vitality
- Deepening the community’s understanding of how investing in Tacoma Arts Live strengthens the greater South Sound Region
This is more than just name change. We are also excited to unveil the newly revitalized Pantages Theater on November 15. This 100 year old historic landmark and venue has recently undergone an extensive interior renovation to support Tacoma’s performing artists for generations to come. Venue improvements include new seats, enhanced lighting, a new center aisle, improved acoustics and restoration of the historic color scheme and plaster work. If you’re interested in getting a first look at the new and improved Pantages interior, we still have a few seats remaining for our grand re-opening performance of The Hip Hop Nutcracker with MC Kurtis Blow on November 15.
This fall, we’re launching a new professional regional theater program. In contract with Actors Equity (the nationwide professional guild for actors), we have ve assembled a great artistic team from across the Puget Sound region. Our first production will be Christopher Durang’s comedy Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike at Theater on the Square from November 8 – 25.
Thanks to generous support from the Boeing Company, our education program will also be expanding our nationally recognized LENS Project to serve youth at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Clover Park, Bethel and Franklin Pierce schools. This expanded 11-week after-school program will bring youth together on several campuses to build skills in self-awareness, confidence, negotiation and empathy. We are deeply indebted to Boeing for this investment in our youth.
All of these changes and improvements are in service of our organization’s vision: A South Sound community that honors all cultures and enjoys shared prosperity. We are so very grateful for your support. We could not do this work without you. We are always eager to hear from you and invite you to connect with us should you have anything you’d like to share.