Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Inc. (CAPA) is moving forward on planning for a new arts center in Collier County that will provide a home for visual and performing artists and arts groups and expanded access to the arts for residents and visitors. A planning workshop was held on September 18 with CAPA board members, prospective tenants and other key stakeholders.
Design and facility planning team members Joshua Dachs, architect with Fisher Dachs Associates and world-renowned theatre consultant, and Steven Wolff, AMS, founding principal of AMS Planning & Research and AMS Analytics, led the meeting. Dachs and Wolff have worked on planning and design for many of Florida’s performing and visual arts centers, including the Philharmonic Center for the Arts and Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, as well as national and international arts facilities.
More than 30 arts, community and education leaders participated in the meeting. One of the common threads in comments from meeting participants was the need for additional performance, rehearsal, storage and exhibition space for local arts groups and artists. Wolff noted to the group, “No doubt there is strong support for a new center. You are planning a project that is going to serve generations. The process will take vision, aspiration, reality and common sense.”
Current planning is focused on opportunities, constraints, space needs and requirements of the seven area cultural organizations that have signed a memorandum of understanding indicating their projected plans to utilize the new center. These include Music Makers Show Band, Naples Ballet Academy, Naples Concert Band, Naples Orchestra and Chorus, Naples Town Hall (Distinguished Speaker Series), Opera Naples and Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus.
According to CAPA President Chick Heithaus, “This is the first in a series of intense planning sessions with CAPA leadership, design team members, prospective tenants and stakeholders. These sessions take us further in our planning process for the new center as we review and refine our objectives and gather additional information from prospective tenants that is vital to the design and space planning process.”
Board Member and Tenants Advisory Committee Director Dwight Richardson and his committee have been meeting with prospective tenants over the past year to gather preliminary information regarding space needs. CAPA recently issued a survey to more than 200 performing and visual arts groups and leaders, generating an immediate response and critical feedback on facility needs for planning purposes.