Cultural Facility Bond Projects

In 1989, 2001 and 2006, the City of Phoenix residents approved a General Obligation Bond program to support improvements and development of the city's arts and culture infrastructure. Through the Office of Arts and Culture, the city partnered with the arts and culture community to implement a variety of capital projects, including major renovations, expansions of existing cultural properties or the creation of new cultural centers to be operated by established nonprofit cultural organizations.  Through each of these bond programs the City of Phoenix has developed, grown and sustained a vibrant mix of cultural facilities that engage and serve residents through education and outreach programming, help to attract new business development, and each year draws more than six million total attendances. (2006 Economic Impact Study


2006 Capital Culture Bond Projects:

In 2006, the Arts and Culture Bond Subcommittee recommended a program of $58 million, which included the following projects:

Ballet Arizona 
Renovation of a 40,000 square foot warehouse to house Ballet Arizona's administrative and production offices, the Arizona Ballet School, 7 dance studios, warehouse, and a 299 seat performance space
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Arizona Opera 
New construction of a Rehearsal Hall and renovation of an existing building to house administrative and production offices, box office and education pavilion.
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Phoenix Indian School Memorial Hall 
Renovation of historic Memorial Hall in Steele Indian School Park into a multi-purpose space for performances, exhibits, meetings, receptions and other community uses.
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Black Theatre Troupe
Acquisition of property for a cultural center, with administrative offices, rehearsal and performance space operated and programmed by the troupe
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Herberger Theater Center
Renovations and refurbishment of back and front of house spaces, and upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems.  HTC is the home venue for Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theater of Phoenix, Center Dance, iTheatre Collaborative, and many emerging theater groups.
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George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
Renovations to the Center's historic 33,000-square-foot main building for use as a community cultural center which showcases the African American cultural and historical heritage
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Arizona Science Center
Renovations to address code deficiencies, and to improve patron access and queuing comfort
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2001 Capital Culture Bond Projects:

The 2001 Arts and Culture Bond Subcommittee recommended a program of $60 million, which included the following projects

Children's Museum of Phoenix
Acquisition and renovation of an historic school to create a children's museum
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Phoenix Art Museum
Expansion of gallery space and museum entrance lobby to fully realize the original facility design.
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Phoenix Symphony Hall
Replacement and refurbishment of systems and finishes including expansion/remodeling of the lobby and correction of code deficiencies.  Operated by Phoenix Convention Center, the Hall is home to the Phoenix Symphony, Ballet Arizona and Arizona Opera.
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Valley Youth Theatre
Purchase and develop property to provide performance/rehearsal space for small productions and children's theatre workshops
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1989 Cultural Bond Projects:

The 1989 Arts and Culture Bond Subcommittee recommended a program of $15 million, which funded:

Orpheum Theater
Restoration of the 1929 historic theater, one of the most extravagant theaters of its time.  Now operated by the Phoenix Convention Center and home to Theater League productions, Ballet Arizona and various community groups
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