BELLEFONTE — Organizers have announced the launch of a fundraising campaign that will raise funds to design and build an outdoor performing arts stage in Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte. The center would be located in the annex of Talleyrand Park, near the former Subway restaurant.
The project is organized by the Stage at Talleyrand (SAT) development committee made up of volunteers.
The committee’s vision is to create an installation that local artists across Center County can call home. From choral groups and orchestras to theater troupes and music groups, this facility will welcome creativity at all levels. The center will also serve as a space to host artists from outside the region.
Discussions began for such a facility before COVID-19, but the needs of the community were clearly illustrated as the pandemic continued to inhibit higher levels of activity.
“The committee hopes to build the largest permanent outdoor venue in Center County,” said Rick Jacobs of Stage at Talleyrand Development Committee. “Over the past two years, we have seen the need for a high quality venue that can entertain people safely. As we return to normal, we believe the public will appreciate the opportunity to enjoy outdoor entertainment. »
The fundraising campaign is organized so that members of the public can contribute to one or more specific target locations within the project. Many of these contributions will be eligible for donor recognition. Donations to this campaign will be facilitated by Downtown Bellefonte Inc. (DBI) while the committee will retain its own treasurer who sits on the committee.
“It is clear in our initial discussions with local stakeholders that Talleyrand Park and the greater Bellefonte area hold a special place in the heart of the community,” said Rick Jacobs. Individual contributors, grants and foundations are all essential to funding the Scene at Talleyrand.
The campaign is currently interviewing companies to begin the design and development process. Once this step is completed, a firm fundraising goal will be announced. The committee hopes to reach this phase in mid-April 2022.
“While the committee will work with local politicians at all levels to identify various grant opportunities, it is important that the Talleyrand stage has community engagement, so we will also be soliciting funds from the citizens of Center County and others who support this idea,” added Rick Jacobs.
For a complete information pack on this project or if you would like to make a donation, please visit www.stageattalleyrand.org