Concord arts center recognized with 'championship' award
CCA was selected as a Champion in Action by Citizens Bank, an honor that carries much more than just a title for the winners. Only nonprofit organizations are eligible for the award, which includes a $35,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation.
“I’ve always wanted to be on this side of one of these,” Clarke quipped during the formal announcement at the Kimball House, the stately mansion on South Main Street that houses the arts center’s administrative offices.
“I cannot accept this award without stopping to acknowledge the people who make up our championship team,” Clarke said. “Starting with the founders and early volunteers — those amazing individuals who believed you could make a vibrant performing arts center out of a derelict theater and a historic mansion and convincing the community to go along on the journey.”
Those two qualities have been essential in creating and developing the arts center since it opened in 1995, bringing back to life the former Capitol Theater six years after the once-grand venue closed in 1989.
Gov. Maggie Hassan also attended the event, congratulating CCA for the recognition it has earned.
The remarks were all kept brief, then the formal part of the event ended with a preview of this weekend’s production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” a production of one of CCA’s youth programs.
“Experiencing it live — there’s nothing better. We really try to promote that,” Clarke said.
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