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Create An "Arts Bank" At Old Regions Bank Building On The Square

Create an “Arts Bank” arts and entertainment venue on Huntsville’s downtown square in the historic Regions Bank Building.

Utilize the historic Regions Bank building to provide a critical programming venue to draw Huntsvillians and tourists alike to downtown entertainment, restaurants, and retail. With programmatic leadership from The Arts Council and its member arts and cultural groups, this City-owned venue could be used to offer jazz and blues performances, improv/comedy/spoken word performances, literary readings, intimate classical music performances, independent film showings, classic film showings, etc. The historic bank building could also provide needed office space for area nonprofit arts and cultural organizations by day, with arts and entertainment programming in the evening and on weekends.

The bank building could become a central hub for other arts and entertainment activity on the square, hosting periodic downtown film competitions, mystery dinner theatre events, downtown scavenger hunts, small concerts and songwriters events, etc. The facility could also be used as an anchor for additional outdoor events downtown, such as en plein air arts events (similar to Asheville’s “City of 1,000 Easels”), international art & cultural celebrations, block parties, etc. As a community venue, the “Arts Bank” could also be used as a hub for the downtown Ghost Walks, community bike rides, volunteer base for 5k runs, etc. The “Arts Bank” and, specifically, its bank vault could be used to house an “Art Loan” program offering affordable fine art rentals to area businesses and individuals.

As a community, let’s preserve and program this beautiful historic property to enliven downtown and give Huntsvillians and visitors a reason to stay on the square after they eat at a great downtown restaurant or shop at Harrison Brothers.

Animate the downtown square with new arts and entertainment programming, engage more pedestrians, and pave the way for additional retail and residential development in the future.

Submitted by 1 year ago

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  1. Absolutely! Positively! Couldn't have said it better myself!

    1 year ago
  2. Well, I ask when is the last time you visited the lobby of the bank to see the art that is currently on exhibit. The Huntsville Art League has been exhibiting there for several years as part of an agreement with Big Spring Partners. Award winning Huntsville artist, Chuck Whaley is the current Huntsville Art League showing work there. Other works of his are on display at the Huntsville Art League Main Gallery and Studios at 3005 L&N Drive.

    Huntsville Art League was founded by cultural leaders of Huntsville in 1957 and since then has been instrumental in founding of such organizations as the

    Arts Council and the Huntsville Museum of Art. Many prominent Huntsville artists got their start at Huntsville Art League. Begining and advanced art classes are regullarly offered. More information at: http://www.huntsvilleartleague.org

    1 year ago
  3. I agree completely & planned to submit a very similar idea. If the space were opened up by removing office walls & the wall into the conference room, there would be a wonderful area for receptions & events.

    1 year ago
  4. Great idea-Let's make it happen!!!!!

    1 year ago
  5. It could be a show stopper done right.

    1 year ago
  6. I like this idea. Also like the sculptures/pieces of art that are placed around the square for a time, that people can walk around and look at. In the future Huntsville will probably allow people to carry drinks from venue to venue downtown which will no doubt be a positive step if handled correctly.

    1 year ago
  7. Who will pay for the maintenance and upgrades necessary? The HVAC is in need of repair or replacement, parking is very limited.

    1 year ago

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