Reflecting the community’s spirited dedication to the arts—and made possible through a special bond referendum approved in 2000—the Forest Hills Public Schools Fine Arts Center was created to enhance the artistic growth and enjoyment of area youth, families, and seniors. Custom designed and equipped with leading-edge technology, the 62,000 square foot facility provides a uniquely effective environment for learning opportunities and staged performances in all aspects of the performing and visual arts, including:
• Performances produced by schools within the school district
• An annual subscription series of traveling productions by world-class professionals
• Special concerts, performances, and lectures by featured performing artists and speakers
• Art exhibits by local students and local, regional, and national artists
• A selective artist-in-residence program for the mutual benefit of artists and area students
• A broad spectrum of art enrichment classes for youth, adults, and seniors
Nestled on a spacious green campus in the heart of the Forest Hills community, the Fine Arts Center is a dramatic composition in concrete, copper and glass. Designed in harmony with its natural surroundings, it is among the first facilities of its type to be certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the United States Green Building Council.
The state-of-the-art facility offers the resources and amenities more typically associated with a regional performance theater, including a 4,500 square foot stage in an auditorium that seats more than 1,200 people. The scenic lobby provides a natural backdrop for the display of original artwork, and doubles as a spacious venue for trade shows, conferences, banquets, receptions, and more. An adjoining café offers guests a comfortable spot to relax between activities, and enjoy a snack or beverage during intermissions. Throughout the building, multi-purpose meeting and classrooms equipped with the latest audio-visual and Internet technologies offer maximum flexibility to support a broad range of functions, while our visual arts and dance studios provide creative working environments for students and professionals.
Owned and operated by Forest Hills Public Schools, the Fine Arts Center is self sustaining through an endowment fund, class tuitions, performance-generated revenues, and fees charged for private rental of the facility and its resources. Generous commitments of time and effort by a corps of volunteers with a visionary community and artistic spirit make the amazing things accomplished here possible.