When a cast & crew as talented & capable as Illumination develops in under 12 months, you have to MOVE quickly. And that’s just what we’re doing…we’re moving on UP. We’re moving Uptown…right into the center of the city.
As Illumination closed out the 2013/2014 performance season, the Illumination leadership team targeted three primary goals.
1) Increase the size of the cast
2) Find a new weekly rehearsal space
3) Build a greater awareness of our efforts
In order for Illumination to achieve regional recognition for excellence in arts performance, leadership training, & community impact, we determined that we must move from our previous home in Matthews NC and into the center of the Queen City. As artists and other organizations from around the Metropolitan area become aware of the opportunities presented by Illumination, we know that we must be geographically positioned to better respond to such interest and growth.
Charlotte center city (also known as Uptown) is the central area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The headquarters for the Fortune 500 companies Bank of America and Duke Energy are located here, as well as the headquarters for East Coast operations for Wells Fargo.
Museums, sporting venues, shops, hotels, and restaurants are heavily concentrated in the city center. New museums such as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Mint Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010. Charlotte’s center city employs more than 100,000 people and more than 25 million visitors come to Charlotte’s center city to visit a year.
That’s a lot of action and Illumination will be positioned within it so that we may accomplish our mission on a larger scale! In order for our cast of artists to receive the best training, the best exposure, the best opportunity to accomplish the most measurable good, we must be in an environment that will foster, create, and sustain our initiatives.
Our new home will be on the beautiful campus of FBC-Charlotte at 301 S Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28202. Illumination is deeply thankful to the executive staff of First Baptist Charlotte for making this exciting move possible for us.
Onwards and upwards…we look forward to sharing more news with you as we complete this summer’s auditions and design a performance schedule that is sure to illuminate, inspire, and elevate.
Creativity with a Purpose,