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Arts groups evaluate Columbus' performing space


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When area arts groups talk about the kind of performance space they want in Columbus, it brings to mind the famous fairy tale about the three bears.

For some local venues, the performing arts space is too big.

For others, the space is too small.

And for nearly everyone, the "just-right" space doesn't exist.

David Bowden, artistic director for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, said there are venues the orchestra can use in Columbus, but most aren't ideal for performances.

"A dedicated performing arts facility is probably, in my opinion, one of the most needed additions to the community," he said. "Our community is a very supportive community of the arts and most of the arts group struggle because we lack appropriate facilities for doing our basic mission."

However, not everyone believes a new performance center is the answer.

Robert Hay-Smith, owner and director of the Harlequin Theatre at the FairOaks Mall, said he doesn’t think a new arts venue is needed.

"I don’t think Columbus needs another venue. I really don’t,” he said. “We have the Commons, we have (Columbus North’s) auditorium, we have (Columbus East’s) auditorium and we have Southside (Elementary School) Auditorium. How many auditoriums does this town need?” he asked.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Republic.

 

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