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Coppell Arts Center, the much-anticipated multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility that will bring locally and nationally recognized music, dance, theater, and visual arts performances and programs to Coppell, will officially launch on May 15 with a grand opening weekend featuring a headlining performance by Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth.
The grand opening weekend will also feature the Architects of Air immersive "luminarium" exhibition opening on May 14, a Rodney Atkins concert on May 16, and a celebration of community on May 16 and 17 that will include Spotlight Showcase performances from local art groups in the Main Hall and outdoors with an artisan market in The Grove with food trucks and live music.
"We are fulfilling our strategic vision and our commitment to our community to bring first-class entertainment to Coppell and our neighbors by kicking off the opening of Coppell Arts Center with exciting programming," said Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt. "Having an award-winning Broadway performer and actress, an Academy of Country Music award winner, and an internationally recognized exhibition as well as free community events underscores the depth and breadth of what the Center will bring for years to come."
Kristin Chenoweth is a Tony Award-winning and nominated actress for her performances in Broadway hits
You Are a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked. Her Coppell Arts Center performance will take place during the ticketed Grand Opening celebration in the Center's Main Hall. Patrons will experience a red carpet entrance to the new Center, and enjoy signature cocktails and passed small bites while viewing the art exhibit, Locally Sourced, in the lobby. Tickets for the Grand Opening event start at $225 and include valet parking and one free ticket to Architects of Air.
Prior to the event on May 15, Coppell Arts Center will open the Architects of Air exhibition. Architects of Air is an inflatable and portable luminarium that visitors of all ages can enter into. It uses color and light to create an immersive art experience. Since it launched in 1992, the global exhibit has had more than three million visitors. It will be on exhibition in The Square at Old Town Coppell, from May 14 through 17 from 10 am to 7 pm and tickets will be $10 for adults, $7 for students with an ID and free to children 12 and under.
The weekend will also include a concert by chart-topping Academy of Country Music-nominated singer and songwriter, Rodney Atkins. He will play hits from his career and his newest album that was released in 2019 in the Center's Main Hall on May 16. Tickets for the concert will start at $49.
Throughout the weekend, the Center will host a free-to-the-public community celebration showcasing an artisan market with curated vendors from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, local food trucks and live entertainment outdoors in The Grove May 16 and 17 from noon to 6 p.m. On Sunday May 17, the Center will feature Spotlight Showcase performances from local art groups including the five resident companies that will be housed at the Coppell Arts Center.
Coppell Arts Center's future programming will include performances by its five resident companies: The Ballet Ensemble of Texas, Coppell Community Chorale, Coppell Creatives, Coppell Community Orchestra, and Theatre Coppell. The Center is also partnering with more than 10 local community organizations to bring unique and diversified art offerings to the venue. The full 2020-2021-season programming will be announced in April.
The Center broke ground in 2018 and will be the anchor venue of Old Town Coppell, the newly developed retail and entertainment district. It is being created by arts center design experts Corgan, Schuler Shook, and Jaffe Holden and will bring together and express the city's diverse cultures through music, dance, theater, visual arts, and special events.
ABOUT COPPELL ARTS CENTER
Coppell Arts Center is part of Coppell's 30-year-plan to showcase local arts groups and present nationally touring shows and art exhibits for the community of Coppell. Located in the heart of Old Town Coppell, the city's newly developed retail and entertainment district, the Center will serve as the anchoring entertainment venue and fill a need expressed since 2009 by Coppell residents to provide gathering spaces, a nightlife scene, cultural opportunities, and amenities for Coppell residents and visitors. The 30,000-square foot center boasts six versatile spaces for a diverse mix of performance styles, exhibits, and entertainment, including a 440-seat main hall to host a variety of performances and productions from concerts, to touring productions, orchestral music, chorale, and corporate events; a 196-seat Black Box Theater designed for intimate theatrical productions, art exhibitions, and special events; a 2,000-square foot multi-purpose reception hall to host art exhibits, events, meetings, and nightlife; and The Grove Performance Plaza and a future Sculpture Garden to serve as outdoor community spaces for special events and performances with views of Old Town Coppell. The Center is scheduled to open in May 2020. It is being designed by Corgan Architects with consulting from Schuler Shook and Jaffe Holden. For more information, go to www.coppellartscenter.org or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Join the conversation by following #coppellartscenter and #oldtowncoppell.
ABOUT OLD TOWN COPPELL
Coppell is known for its small town feel, and no place exemplifies this better than Old Town Coppell. Located in the City's historic district, Old Town stands at the roots of where the community began in the early 1880s, the original townsite. Residential homes, businesses and restaurants line the streets creating a walkable, vibrant community and charming gathering place clustered around a beautiful town square. Home to the Coppell Farmers Market , the Coppell Arts Center (to open May 2020), and several boutiques and restaurants, Old Town visitors and residents live, work and play in this dynamic new community that captures the essence of Coppell's historical roots and quality of life. For more information, visit coppelltx.gov/about-coppell/old-town-coppell or Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Join the conversation by following #visitoldtowncoppell, #oldtowncoppell, and #coppell.