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New arts center will add vibrancy to Vashon | Letter to the Editor
Coming to grip with change is a challenging process. While we always have our treasured memories, historically significant properties need “updating” to remain viable. This community is up to the task of welcoming the Vashon Performing Arts Center, reviving the Mukai farmhouse and garden and upgrading the projection equipment at our Vashon Theatre. Each serves as a catalyst for new vibrancy on our island. Whether your passion is restoration, movies or performing arts, it’s time to show your support.
Our passion is for the arts. Through the gracious philanthropy of a lead donor, we have an opportunity to move forward with a new arts facility. A performing arts theater offers all Islanders the opportunity to explore, be inspired and to participate in the arts without having to take the time or spend the money to catch a ferry.
The community has been involved in the design process of the center, which will provide a much-needed dedicated stage with excellent acoustical capabilities. Assuring a safe environment as well as accommodating persons with special needs have been priorities. Funds have been placed in trust to ensure that VAA programs will remain affordable. We feel strongly this center blends into our rural nature and is critical for the sustainability of our island. Let’s savor the creative talent that abounds on this special island!
Being sensitive to our island’s environmental concerns, plans for mitigation will preserve and enhance the VAA wetland area. Electrical service has been designed in the new arts center to accommodate a generator connection for fire department use in an Island emergency.
Sometimes one has to remember what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future, according to John F. Kennedy.
— Mary & Whit Carhart