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The Performing Arts Center has enriched cultural life immeasurably and received national recognition for its programs involving young people. However, increasing requests by arts and community groups far exceed its current capacity. The addition of a multi-purpose arts space and establishment of an operating endowment will ensure the future of this cultural resource.

The Audience Mural, located in the atrium of the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center, was a unique Clark State Foundation fundraising project featuring an audience full of local residents from the perspective of the performer on stage at the Kuss Auditorium.  Purchased tickets for audience seats raised more than $200,000, which went toward the construction of the building. Local artist Sherry Ringler and Project Jericho students created the Audience Mural.    

Join The Circle Of Friends

The Circle of Friends is the community support organization of the Clark State Performing Arts Center. Membership is open to everyone. The Circle of Friends assists the Center in providing quality performances in a first class facility to a wide regional audience. Members enjoy a "behind-the-scenes" look at the Center while reaping special benefits and knowing that they are helping to preserve the area's cultural heritage.

Since its inception in 1996, the Circle of Friends has raised over $600,000 through its annual campaign and special event fundraisers. These funds have been used to grow an endowment to ensure the Performing Arts Center's long-term viability and to support Project Jericho, the Center's arts program for at-risk youth. Most recently, the Friends purchased two plasma screens for the Davidson Grand Lobby and an additional screen for the Ticket Office.

Giving Levels and Benefits
There are a variety of giving levels and benefits through the Circle of Friends. Please print and mail your Circle of Friends Membership Form and become a member today!

Levels of Giving
Entertainer $25+
Star $50+
Director $100+
Producer $250+
Executive Producer $500+
Angel $1,000+

Project Jericho

Project Jericho provides a variety of performing arts workshops, artist residencies and family performances to at-risk youth and their families. Young people may discover a gift for poetry and the joy of sharing it with friends. Participants may explore the exhilaration of performing for an audience, and experience pride in a task completed successfully. Project Jericho encourages development of individual talents while working together and sharing a common artistic goal. The powerful effect of music, poetry, painting, dance and theater is seen in the participants' newfound self-confidence, self-esteem and pride as they experience the arts firsthand.

Project Jericho is a collaboration between the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services and the Clark State Performing Arts Center, with additional support from The Turner Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

The mission of Project Jericho is to assist young men and women in our community to become confident, poised and positive adults.

Visit Project Jericho on the Clark State Performing Arts Center website.

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