You may have heard that TVCT is moving. As of June 1, 2017 you can find us:
- Administration Offices: New Ventures Lab, 33 E. Idaho Ave. in downtown Meridian
- Hours: Please contact us to schedule an appointment
- Meridian/West Boise-based Education Programs: We offer classes in two locations:
- New Ventures Lab, 33 E. Idaho Ave. in downtown Meridian
- Tree City Church, 3852 N. Eagle Rd. in North Meridian between Ustick and McMillan Rd.
- Hours: Vary based on class schedule. Please contact us to schedule an appointment
- Boise-based Education Programs: Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St in downtown Boise
- Hours: Vary based on class or camp schedule. Please contact us to schedule an appointment
- Private Instruction: New Ventures Lab, 33 E. Idaho Ave. in downtown Meridian
- Hours: Vary based on schedule. Please contact us.
Where are you going?
We are so excited to build an education and performance space that will work for our growing programs AND help fill a need for arts space in Meridian! We are moving quickly with our Board, community advisors, donors and volunteers to successfully accomplish our project goals.
Here is what we can tell you now:
WHO: Treasure Valley Youth Theater, doing business as Treasure Valley Children’s Theater, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization (46-3700015) dedicated to empowering youth and inspiring future innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, humanitarians and artists through quality performing arts education and performance-based life and leadership skills programming.
Simply said, we believe our theater arts experiences and educational programs are changing the world one theater kid at a time.
Theater arts programs have a powerful impact on the health and success of a community. Performing arts experiences offer youth a safe space within which to take risks, explore new ideas, develop their sense of self, express themselves, and support others in doing the same. Art education programs also build a climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor that attracts businesses and strengthens community.
WHAT: We are in need of performance and rehearsal space to accommodate more arts education opportunities for children & families.
Since 2012, over 3,500 youth from across the Treasure Valley have participated in one or more of our education programs and nearly 20,000 have enjoyed a live performance.
WHEN: We are working with a solid team of advisors including local developers, architects, builders and community leaders. If we were able to predict the future, we would hope to open the Treasure Valley Children’s Theater space in early 2020…
WHERE: Meridian will remain our headquarters but we will continue to serve the entire Treasure Valley through our partnership programs with Parks & Recreation departments, Boise Little Theater, local libraries, and many others. New partnerships are being explored all the time!
WHY: Since 2013, we had been headquartered in a 4,600 sq. ft. former bank building in downtown Meridian.
While the space was not ideal for theatrical performance, we creatively adjusted to make magic happen. Due to the lack of space, we were forced to limit class offerings, despite demand. We made adjustments and forged relationships with other building owners and organizations to respond to the growing need for more programs. But these arrangements are temporary at best.
In August of 2016 we learned that we would be losing the building at 703 N. Main St. to a new development coming to downtown Meridian. While the timing wasn’t ideal, we had already acknowledged the need to find or create more space for our growing programs.
Since August, we have viewed a variety of commercial spaces and considered what we could do to make a space “work” for us. After several rounds of negotiation, even a proposal to purchase, we determined that our future needs won’t be met by another space that we “make work.” It’s time to invest our time, energy and community support to build a space that will work.
Another fact advising our decision to build a space, the community of Meridian does not currently offer space for performing arts organizations. In 2014, the City of Meridian, Meridian Chamber of Commerce and Meridian Development Corporation hired a consulting firm to analyze the feasibility of several projects including a Performing Arts Center. The Pegasus report recommendations complimented the Economic Development Strategy for the City of Meridian, which identifies several Catalytic Projects to help Meridian jumpstart the economic development – including the need for a Conference and/or Performing Arts Center.
We have been involved in conversations with the city and civic leaders regarding a center for the arts for several years. There is great interest in developing a project “down the road” that would serve the community. Our need is now and our programs cannot wait for a “down the road” conclusion. We must create space to sustain our mission and support Meridian’s growing arts community.
Our building will provide the community with the only performance and rehearsal space dedicated to the arts within the city limits of Meridian for now and the foreseeable future. We are already in discussion with other arts partners including the Meridian Symphony, Wine Glass Arts Development and The Training Ground Improv to use our space once it is built.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? We’ve set up a restricted Building Fund at Mountain America Credit Union. We’ve already raised more than $25,000 to support our dream. You can contribute directly to the fund in several ways:
- Mail a check payable to the TVCT Building Fund
PO Box 9144
Boise, ID 83707
- Make an online donation here
- Contact us to discuss a pledge or major gift
- Contact us if you’re interested in serving on our fundraising or other volunteer committee
Other ways you can help?
- We need volunteers to help us with our current programs and projects
- We need construction industry experts and in-kind support
- We need storage space for our set pieces, props, costumes and educational tools
- We need friends to help spread the word and even fundraise on our behalf
If YOU can help with any of the needs listed above (or perhaps a need we haven’t yet identified), please contact us!