Fundraising goal reached for construction of performing arts theater at Erickson Center

CURTIS – The Erickson Center for the Arts has announced that it has reached its fundraising goal for the construction of a Performing Arts Theater on the grounds of the Center in Curtis. The new facility will house a 160-seat theater with graduated permanent seating, a large stage and lobby and backstage dressing rooms for artists and performers. Construction of the new theater will begin in the spring with completion and grand opening early in 2021.

The success of recent musical and theatrical performances over the last several years made it evident that the community in Curtis has the talented individuals and audience support to justify a state-of-the-art facility. It was with this determination that the Board of Directors authorized a fundraising campaign in spring 2019. A grant of $1 million dollars was received from the Nancy A. and Richard P. Erickson Foundation, administered by Stuart and Peggy Erickson, kicked off the campaign. Individuals and businesses in Curtis and surrounding communities generously have supported the Centers efforts and the funds necessary to construct the building itself have now been raised.

“We are so thankful for all the support from those who stepped up to make our dream a reality” stated Kelly Chamberlin, board president, in a news release.

While funds for construction of the theater building itself have be raised, the campaign remains active to secure additional funding to purchase advanced lighting and sounds systems and furnishings for the theater. Anyone interested in supporting the continuing fundraising efforts should contact the center at 906-586-9974.