History: The aging Clarksville High School was torn down in 1985. Fortunately, the auditorium, built in 1934 with funds from The Works Progress Administration, was spared. Today the building is owned by the Town of Clarksville and has been repurposed as the 288-seat Clarksville Fine Arts Center and is leased to the Clarksville Community Players.
The arts are essential to the fabric of every community. As noted by Randy I. Cohen, VP of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the top five reasons to support the arts are: arts promote true prosperity, strengthen the economy, are good for merchants, improve academic performance, and drive tourism.
Significance to the community: In 2002, the main business district of Clarksville was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The only institutional building included in this designation is The Clarksville Fine Arts Center. It is the only place many children and adults can participate in music, dance, and theater arts. It has grown to include programs for children, young adults, and seniors. The facility also serves as a gathering place for community celebrations and performances. The Fine Arts Center is the only such facility serving this Kerr Lake community.
When The Clarksville Players began in 1973, the members were grateful for a place to perform. They have worked hard over the years to keep the building functioning and available to the public for a variety of purposes. But, today the building is in need of essential repairs and renovations. This campaign will include modern, accessible bathrooms, technical upgrades to lighting and sound, along with improvements to the lobby and backstage facilities.