The Plaza Arts Center
Mark A. Street
I’ve been on staff at The Plaza Arts Center for almost three months. It has been a very interesting journey so far. I’ve learned a lot about the history of The Plaza and, along with many others, I look forward to contributing to its future.
I have met so many people in a short period of time. Many of the folks have asked me what I like best about my new role. My answer is immediate. What I like best is the impact The Plaza, including our Community Center, is having on the lives of the young people in our community. Just since February when I came on board, there have been over 3,000 visits by young people from the surrounding area participating in programs at The Plaza and Community Center.
One example were the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory performances (made possible by a generous grant from Vibrant Communities). Over two days in April, 1,268 K-5 students were at The Plaza to experience quality programming on our stage. Not just to see and hear, but to engage during question and answer (Q&A) sessions with the performers after each show. I sat in the theater during the performances and Q&A sessions and was so impressed with the awareness and connection being made with our young people…..because of The Plaza. (Read more on our partnership with Georgia Ensemble Theatre here.)
The After School Arts Program in our Community Center on Tuesday afternoons is another compelling program. Led by incredible volunteers, roughly 40 children each session explore various art mediums. I make it a point to visit as many sessions as possible. The energy, excitement and learning are something I look forward to each week. We are very fortunate for the opportunity to create this environment for these children…..and the kids are fortunate that The Plaza provides the venue and programming for them to grow their connection to the arts.
This morning, as I write this article, PCPS students are here in the theater rehearsing for performances on The Plaza stage. Knowing that The Plaza is a meaningful part of their lives is very rewarding.
None of this happens for our kids without resources. I mean financial and time resources. You can help! Please consider being an annual Plaza Partner if you are not already, buy tickets to our stage productions and support the businesses that support The Plaza. Support City and County actions that benefit The Plaza. Consider being a volunteer. We have numerous ways to become involved by giving of your time.
Lastly, consider sponsoring a child at one of two upcoming camps this summer. Camp Broadway is June 3-7 and Art Camp is July 15-19. Information about the camps and scholarships is available on our website at https://plazacenter.org/2019-summer-camps/.
Invest in the future!! Help The Plaza continue to make a positive impact on the youth of our community…..connecting through the arts!
See you at The Plaza!