The recent progress in financial stability, improvements to the building, and advancement in programming are significant and positive steps that have advanced Muncie Civic’s mission. There is still more that must be done in order to fulfill our mission of enriching the community through theatre performance, education, and outreach.
In order to create the maximum positive impact on the community, Muncie Civic has developed a plan. Muncie Civic Theatre will renovate critical portions of the historic building and improve the safety and accessibility of the first and second floors. Through these investments Muncie Civic will gain a secure home and a sustainable maintenance plan. By removing the financial burden of fixing the historic facility from the annual operating and programming budget, Muncie Civic will be able to reallocate and increase resources to support its mission. This plan will require a significant investment in the historic Boyce Block building. Muncie Civic is embarking on a 2.2 to 2.5 million dollar capital campaign to realize this goal.
Renovation and restoration of the Boyce Block building will dramatically improve our ability to welcome community members into the facility. Once all improvements are completed, Muncie Civic envisions over 30,000 audience members will walk under the marquee annually to watch more than 600 community volunteers perform. Over 500 children will spend hours in education classes with experienced teachers preparing for shows each year. At least 1,000 school children will enjoy special outreach performances and over 500 after-school program participants will experience a live performance or have an opportunity to be in a show. In addition to hundreds of Ball State University students participating in productions, both on stage and behind the scenes, over 15 students will earn college internship credits annually at Muncie Civic. The Barrier-Free program will provide individualized, life-changing drama therapy for 40 clients who will perform for audiences of hundreds each year. The building, open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. six days a week, will be a vibrant and efficient community resource filled with children’s laughter, audience applause, and artists coming together through theatre.