After a decade of dedication and hard work, the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center will open on February 2nd, with an opening program from 2 to 5 p.m. Built on the foundation of a dairy barn, the center was constructed at a cost of $4 million. The effort was originally started by a nonprofit group, the Barns of Franklin Park, but they ran out of funding and the county stepped in to help. Nearly half of the cost, though, waas covered by private donors. The final cost doesn’t include the in-kind contributions of construction companies, civic groups, and developers. I love that the center, which will benefit the community, was truly conceived and built upon community effort!
The facility is 13,000 square feet, and includes a stadium style theater, exhibition space, and a classroom for children’s art and music lessons, which can be used as a green room for performers as well. The Loudoun chapter of VSA Arts of Virginia will perform “The Old Homeplace: A Loudoun Valley Tale” from March 7th through March 16th.
The center can be reached by calling 540-338-7973 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . It is located at 17501 Franklin Park Drive in Purcellville.