The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

As reported in a previous post here, Smith Center for the Performing Arts Vice President and CEO Richard Johnson was the guest speaker at the CEO CFO Group networking event. His presentation brought excitement to the crowd gathered at Morton’s Steakhouse.

Richard’s initial focus was to complete the financing for the world-class facility. This focus also included developing financial systems and policies to ensure the center’s construction and operation.

Donations to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

The $470 million center was helped greatly by the generous donation of $150 million by The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Philanthropist Elaine Wynn also made a commitment of $5 million to establish The Elaine Wynn Studio for Arts Education. Her gift is the largest contribution from any individual.

The Smith Center is a public and private partnership set to become the showpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas. It will offer an assortment of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The five-acre cultural campus will feature three performance spaces and the Discovery Children’s Museum. It will also be home to the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet Theatre!

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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Bringing Culture to Las Vegas

The world-class performing arts center will bring a much needed cultural venue to Las Vegas. The anticipation is mounting as we draw closer to the grand opening.

Las Vegas’ eagerness for the March 2012 completion of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has grown since the announcement of the premier season’s schedule.

The Broadway Las Vegas series is as follows:

  • “The Color Purple”—April 3rd through the 8th
  • Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins”—May 22nd through the 27th
  • “Million Dollar Quartet”—June 12th through the 17th
  • “Memphis”—from July 18th through the 22nd

The Smith Center previously announced that “Wicked”, the hit Broadway musical, will open their first full-length season in August 2012.

Season tickets for the Broadway Las Vegas series went on sale July 26th. Prices start at $99 per person for the four-show series. Southern Nevadans will have access to superior performances for many years to come.

The diversity of programming and competitive price points have been critical in the center’s planning efforts. 2012 season ticket holders will have precedence for ticketing renewal privileges for “Wicked”.

Symphony Park

The Smith Center is located in a 61 acre mixed-use urban community called Symphony Park in the City of Las Vegas. The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, including the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, was completed in May 2010 and is one of the main anchors of this community.

Elizabeth Crane

Elizabeth Crane grew up not wearing a helmet, drinking from the hose and not wearing a seat belt. She managed to survive and now spends her time developing websites, drinking coffee, and eating chocolate.

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