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Heart of Our Town Campaign – Talking Points

By Charlie Simmons posted May 1, 2017

Heart of Our Town Campaign – FAQs

Why will it take $2,000.000 to renovate the building?

  • The auditorium was built in 1934 and was attached to a larger school building that supported it. Today that school building is gone and the auditorium must be self-supporting. Many of the creature comforts that we expect today, such as air-conditioning, restrooms, offices, a box office and a lobby were never part of the original structure.
  • Building materials are very different today. The renovations will require lots of retrofitting and demolition. Asbestos was discovered and has already been removed from the building.
  • Theatre technology has changed tremendously since 1934. The backstage was built with school kids in mind, not professional actors and technical crew.


How long will the building be under construction?

  • It might surprise you to know that construction has already started and most of the construction can be completed without shutting down the building for long periods of time.
  • Provided funds are available, all construction should be completed by fall of 2020.

Who owns the Clarksville Fine Arts Center?

  • The Town of Clarksville owns the structure, which is leased to The Clarksville Community Players, Inc. The current lease is for 40 years.

Is the Center on the National Registry of Historic Places?

  • Yes. It was designated along with the rest of the Downtown Historic District in 2002.
  • It is the only institutional building included in the designation.

What is the current programming for the facility?

  • The Clarksville Community Players present a season of plays and musicals from May to October.
  • There are also special performances of Bluegrass, Gospel, Classical and other genres of music.
  • The Center can be used for other community events when not in use by the Players. It has been host to political debates, Memorial Day services and town meetings.
  • The Players also provide a range of classes, workshops and camps for children age 6 to 18.
  • The Double Nickel Players was formed to involve performers age 55 and older.

How will the renovations benefit the community?

  • A state-of-the-art facility will accommodate larger audiences, create a more comfortable environment for audience members and performers and attract patrons from a wider area.
  • Upgraded equipment will be more energy efficient and contribute to the non-profit’s bottom-line.
  • Increased demand will have a positive economic benefit to the rest of the town.
  • Renovations will allow increased use by the community, schools, local government and the public.

How much has been raised so far?

  • Close to $300,000 has been raised as of 2016. Some notable contributions have come from the Kellog Foundation, Benchmark Community Bank, Veterans Enterprise Technology Solutions, and Morgan Lumber Company.
  • The campaign enjoys the full support of the board and is on track to reach 10% of the total goal. Is my donation tax deductible?
  • Yes. Clarksville Community Players, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) and personal contributions are deductible on your federal tax return.