My family has lived in Bellefonte for 10 years; our daughter attends Bellefonte Elementary School. We moved here because the town is beautiful, historic and affordable. It has good schools and a strong community eager to contribute to Bellefonte’s downtown revitalization.
The Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association is a volunteer group of residents who have been working to save the historic Garman Theatre from demolition and restore it as a regional arts center. Such centers attract visitors and increase revenue for businesses.
An arts center is also good for Centre County residents. It can offer educational programs for all ages, a venue for music and performance and studio space for artists. It can offer after-school activities for kids — from classes to family-friendly films and plays. It can provide evening entertainment for adults.
A Bellefonte regional arts center would build on the existing strengths of Centre County, providing a downtown space for exciting new growth. It is time to unite as a community to build something that will benefit us all, young and old.
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The BHCA cannot do it alone. We ask county residents to help us bring this plan to fruition. We ask our elected officials to support the interests of its tax-paying citizens. Help us build this. Join our effort to make Centre County an even greater place to live.
Jonathan Eburne, Bellefonte