Message from the Capital Campaign Co-Chairs
Maryland Hall is an important part of the community and the only regional organization that provides a full range of cultural experiences from first-class symphony, opera, chorale, and ballet performances to classes in art, music and the dramatics. Yet our ability to expand and improve the artistic experiences for our patrons and performers has been hampered by the limitations of our historic facility.
The imminent expansion of Maryland Hall in Act II, the Theatre Production Wing, is the first expansion in the building’s 84-year history. This is very exciting, as the new wing will allow Maryland Hall to bring exceptional performances to Annapolis. We will expand and professionalize all of our backstage operations to offer production capabilities that will support - and attract - top talent.
The Act II Production Wing also sets the stage for the new community theatre (currently the gym), which will be flexible space for performances and gatherings. The community theatre coming in Act III enhances Maryland Hall’s role as a community convener; it will create opportunities for small theatre and concerts, conferences and student projects, and will open up exhibit and teaching space in the adjacent gathering area—The Commons at Maryland Hall.
The completed theatre upgrades of Act I and the continuing improvements happening throughout our historic facility - including accessibility improvements - ensure that you and your neighbors have access to a robust and modern arts center. The fact that the Annapolis Symphony is featuring the world-renowned violinist Midori this fall is testament to the high-caliber talent Maryland Hall can host due to the dramatic facility transformation taking place with the community's investment through The Campaign for Maryland Hall.
Maryland Hall today stands on the shoulders of visionaries who had the tenacity to develop an engaging arts community, making Annapolis a better place to live, work and play. Investments in the building ensure area residents have access to a dynamic arts facility with modern, professional spaces that promote artistic and educational opportunities and allow us to reach diverse audiences of all ages. We have accomplished much already and are over halfway to our goal of $18 million to make the rest happen!
Thank you for joining the dialogue about our shared community future with improved access to world class arts for everyone in the region. We welcome your participation in improving access to world class arts for everyone in the region through The Campaign for Maryland Hall and would love to meet with you for a behind-the-scenes tour and to show you the upcoming plans.
Jeff Harris Bud Billups
MHCA Board Chair Capital Campaign Co-Chair