Volume 16, Number 2
The second phase of a nearly $1 million renovation project at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts at 405 Brooks Street is underway.
Due to the work being performed, the Renaissance Centre’s Grand Hall is closed until spring. The Arts Annex, which includes a new art studio and business suite, is open and will continue to offer cultural education classes, workshops and exhibits.
Phase two enhancements include a raised ceiling, extended stage, and upgraded sound system in the Grand Hall, along with the installation of theater lighting, upstairs dressing rooms, family room with baby-changing table and a lighted marquee.
Phase one improvements, completed in February 2017, entailed connecting the Arts Annex to the Grand Hall, installing movable walls in Arts Annex classrooms, purchasing a snap-lock dance floor, re-leveling the sidewalk in front of the Arts Annex, and adding assistive listening devices in the Grand Hall.
The Renaissance Centre renovation project was made possible due in large measure to a $348,530 matching grant the Town of Wake Forest received in November 2016 from the Wake County Board of Commissioners. The total cost of the project is expected to be $848,500.
“By awarding us this grant, the Wake County Commissioners have not only acknowledged the Renaissance Centre as a viable cultural and performing arts venue, but also as an important economic driver for our community,” said Mayor Vivian Jones.