Louisa Arts Center Changes Direction

  “I can’t wait to see where the Center goes from here!” ~ Michael Bollinger The Louisa Arts Center announced that it’s Executive Artistic Director, Michael Bollinger is leaving his helm at the Center. Mr. Bollinger has accepted the position of Director of the Bartlett Performing Arts Center located in greater Memphis, Tennessee. During his […]

Louisa Arts Center featured on Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and WNRN’s “Hear Together”

7/18/2016 Louisa Arts Center featured on Hear Together, a partnership between the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and WNRN Public Radio Charlottesville to enrich lives and make a lasting impact. Each segment features a non-profit doing great work to improve the lives of people in our area. You can listen to the podcast segment by visiting […]

A study performed by Virginians for the Arts describes the economic impact of arts

A study performed by Virginians for the Arts describes the economic impact of arts and cultural organizations in Virginia. Arts and cultural organizations in Virginia annually generate: $849 million in revenues for Virginia businesses $342 million in revenues for Virginia tourism related businesses through spending by visitors to arts and cultural organizations. As a result of the […]

Dave Matthews Band tunes in to Louisa Arts Center

By Pat WilsonCourtesy of The Central Virginian Online, March 19, 2007 Michelle Mattioli (l), a representative from BAMA Works, the Dave Matthews Band Foundation in Charlottesville, recently met with members of the Louisa Downtown Development Corporation to discuss a 2007 grant application request for $20,000. The funds would assist with the completion of the Louisa […]

Arts and History Share Spotlight in Louisa

CAAR Real Estate Weekly 11/28/2008 Louisa County residents have only to travel to Fredericksburg Avenue to enjoy the benefits of two exciting venues—the Louisa Arts Center and the Sargeant Museum of Louisa County History. Managed by the Louisa Downtown Development Corporation, the Louisa Arts Center provides performance, visual, musical, and cultural arts for the community. […]

Artistic Haven Louisa Arts Center, once a school, to dedicate new Cooke-Haley Theater Saving historic school, putting it to new uses, required a communitywide effort.

The Free Lance-StarPat Wilson 8/9/2008 The former school’s auditorium (left) was gutted prior to renovations. For the Louisa Downtown Development Corp. board of directors, formed in 2004, the task seemed almost overwhelming, but enthusiasm outweighed obstacles. An expanded town hall and a new cultural center were the objectives, although the site was a century-old school […]

$150,000 Matching Grant Announced

Louisa Arts Center to raise $150,000 by June 30By Pat WilsonThe Central Virginian November 30, 2006 The Board of Directors of the Louisa Downtown Development Corporation, the governing body overseeing the construction and later the operation of the Louisa Arts Center, is pleased to announce the receipt of $150,000 matching grant from the Perry Foundation, […]

LDDC seeks support for Perry Foundation grant

Louisa Arts Center to raise $150,000 by June 30By Pat WilsonThe Central Virginian November 30, 2006 The Louisa Downtown Development Corporation was notified in October that it had gained approval of a $150,000 matching grant from the Perry Foundation in Charlottesville. The funds will be used for the construction of the theater portion of the […]

Showing off the Louisa Town Hall and future arts center

By Pat WilsonThe Central Virginian July 6, 2006 Donning brightly painted hard hats, community members walked the halls of the former Louisa High School on Fredericksburg Avenue and marveled at the restoration efforts that have converted the abandoned block structure into offices for the town of Louisa. But, to the board of directors of the […]

Whitlock donates to Louisa school restoration project

By Pat WilsonCourtesy of The Central Virginian Online, March 31, 2005 Porter Whitlock of Louisa recently made a substantial donation to the restoration of the Louisa Town Hall and Community Arts Center. The Louisa Downtown Development Corporation is conducting a campaign to raise funds to restore the stone building, not only to house town offices, […]

Cooke Foundation donates $400,000

Generosity will speed up construction of town auditorium By Pat Wilson The generosity of the William A. Cooke Foundation will ensure the prompt construction of a 212-seat state-of-the art theater/stage in the town of Louisa. The facility will be located in the rear section of former stone school on Fredericksburg Avenue, which is currently undergoing […]

Cooke Foundation pledges $40,000 for town hall and arts center project

By Pat Wilson Courtesy of The Central Virginian Online, January 20, 2005 The William A. Cooke Foundation has jump-started the fund-raising efforts of the Louisa Downtown Development Corporation. “The mission of the foundation is to support the residents of Louisa County through scholarships and grants for local purposes. This facility is a great opportunity for […]

Purcell Families Donate to the Community Arts Center

Gallery/lobby to honor parents of John J. Pucell and Harold W. Purcell By Pat Wilson The future gallery/lobby of the community arts center will be named in honor of prominent 20th century Louisa residents. The project is in conjunction with the restoration of the former high school on Fredericksburg Avenue into the Louisa Town Hall. […]

Fund-raising begins for arts center

Adapting to change … preserving the past By Pat Wilson Courtesy of The Central Virginian Online, January 20 , 2005 Pam Stone and Ginna Cullen (l-r), members of the Louisa Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors, discuss fund-raising strategies with Shirley Stewart, a grant writer and consultant. The 11-member board of the Louisa Downtown Development […]

Louisa Arts Center Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement 🗓

#GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.  It follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday […]