The Vision of APACC to have a performing arts center in Atascadero began 91 years ago when E.G. Lewis, the founder of Atascadero, dreamed of having an Opera House in the heart of town. It was his hope that the Opera House would bring together the citizens of Atascadero to enjoy the culture and beauty found in music and art. The ARTS, both performing and visual, have been part of the fabric of our community from its inception. Today the Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee shares that dream founded in history.
Atascadero is home to incredible actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists and it is home to citizens who love to enjoy their talent. We will attend performances almost anywhere. Currently, performances are held in churches, barns, homes, parks, restaurants and the National Guard Armory. In 2003 Atascadero High School presented Fiddler on the Roof to over 350 people in each of 10 performances at the Armory. The following year they performed 42nd Street at the Junior High due to the earthquake displacing them from the Armory. Additionally, the other north county facilities used for productions by and for all age groups are no longer available due to the earthquake. Our community band seldom performs in the winter due to facility constraints, yet one only has to visit the Atascadero Lake Park on Tuesday night in the summer to witness the joy music brings to our citizens.
The arts are for everyone. They inspire, lift up, encourage and motivate us to be more than we thought we could be. They open our hearts and souls to express and experience our deepest feelings.
APACC believes that Atascadero needs and will support a performing arts center. Other communities have made this dream come true. We believe that a performing arts center will be the perfect compliment to a revitalized
downtown. We already have three “jewels”, the Carlton, the Administration Building, and a new movie theater in the Colony Square. Soon there will be bridges connecting the Colony Square with the Sunken Gardens, which will encourage strolling the entire downtown area. A performing arts center can be one more jewel to draw people to our downtown and encourage them to spend the day, shopping, eating and enjoying wonderful performances in our beautiful community.
We envision a theater for all the Arts. We envision Atascadero as “The Colony of the Arts”
Cal Poly Projects for Atascadero Performing Arts Center, 2010
The Architecture Class of Cal Poly SLO prepared several possibilities of structures that could be built here in our city. Community members viewed these possibilities, which are still available for us to access.