Wendy Sparks, Operations Manager
Daniel Stahl, Technical Director
Rachel Armstrong, Operations Assistant/Box Office
Tracie Williamson, Facility Assistant
Lisa McClure, Facility Assistant
Phone - 479-498-6600
The Center for the Arts…
Bringing Arts, Education and Entertainment to the Area
After nearly five years in the making, the dream of Russellville School
District to have a performing art center serving the students of the district
and residents of the River Valley came true as the doors to The Center for the Arts opened on April 15, 2012.
Thanks to a 6.9 millage property tax increase that was approved by voters in 2007, The Center for the Arts became the final portion of a construction project started by RSD to expand educational and cultural resources for students and the
community. Earlier projects included the
construction of a new 42,000 square foot band, choir and drama area that have been in use since the 2010 school year and the district's new STEM center which houses science, math and engineering classes.
RSD set out to create a multi-purpose art center to house district events
such as band and choir concerts, theatre and musical productions as well as
assemblies and school related programs. Members
of the district and the community also saw the importance of having a premier
performance space for local artists and organizations as well. Looking into the future The Center would like to host activities
such as summer art programs and camps, performing artist series and world class
entertainment bringing in top name performers and Broadway shows.
Designed and constructed by Russellville based Crafton Tull Architecture
and EWI Contractors, the 130,000 square foot Center stands
prominently at the front of the Russellville High School campus. Blending state of the art technology along
with a creative design, The Center is sure to be one of the largest theatres in
the state equipped with superior acoustical quality.
The main feature of The Center is a 1,875 seat performance hall designed
to support orchestra, Broadway, music and dance. The Center also boasts a grand lobby with a
glass façade which will provide clear views from both inside and outside the
building providing a versatile area perfect for gallery showings, receptions or meetings. There is also a BlackBox theatre perfect for smaller musical and theatrical performances as receptions or meetings.