46 West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
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Dayton’s newest performance and event space is located on the corner of Second and Ludlow Streets, across from the Schuster Center. The PNC Arts Annex is a 12,000-square-foot, one-story space with a gallery/lobby area, spacious studio, and a black box theatre that can be configured in variety of ways. Click here to learn how you can host your performance or event at the PNC Arts Annex!
Located at the corner of Second and Ludlow Streets in downtown Dayton – directly across from the Schuster Center and kitty-corner from The Arts Garage — the PNC Arts Annex is Victoria Theatre Association’s brand-new space. It’s a hub for creativity and artistic expression that celebrated its grand opening November 30-December 2, 2018 with classes, staged readings, spoken word, yoga, a drag cabaret, and a funk concert!
Included in this 12,000-square-foot, one-story space is a 200-seat theatre that can be configured in variety of ways to accommodate local performance companies as well as touring artists of all kinds. Look for unique theatre and performance events, spoken word and open mic nights, music performances of all stripes, and more.
There’s also a spacious studio space just waiting for classes, workshops, master classes, meetings, receptions and parties, not to mention the gallery/lobby space for gatherings right in the heart of downtown.
“That corner has been open for quite a while – for some 15 years, ever since Elder Beerman vacated that block and the Courthouse Crossings building was created,” said Daniel J. McCabe, Co-Chair, Downtown Dayton Partnership. “Anyone who is interested in the success of our city core – and Dayton as a region – has to be pleased with this development. It shows such commitment and investment in downtown – not surprising from Victoria Theatre Association, which is the largest property owner in downtown outside of the city, county, and federal buildings.”
“Victoria Theatre Association is one of the great cultural resources for our city,” said David Melin, PNC Regional President for Dayton. “At PNC, we recognize that access to quality arts experiences enriches lives and builds stronger and more vibrant communities, which ultimately helps drive business and economic development.”
Building creative capacity in our region is the number one organizational priority in VTA’s strategic plan and support from organizations such as PNC is critical to achieving Victoria Theatre Association’s mission. VTA believes that fostering more creative opportunity in our community is important in today’s world. The PNC Arts Annex will provide members of our community of every age the opportunity to experience, explore and express their personal creativity, however that is defined.
“The arts activities VTA creates are at capacity because thousands of our community members utilize them throughout the year,” explained Gary Minyard, VTA Vice President – Education & Engagement. “The PNC Arts Annex gives our current Education & Engagement programs room to grow, but more importantly, we will now have room to expand into new and exciting avenues that VTA has yet to explore.”
There is a need for an intimate, state-of-the-art, flexible performance space in downtown that has a multitude of configurations, is patrons and professional companies the highest quality experience possible. Current space in the Metropolitan Arts Center is being used for rehearsals and workshops aligned with the Family Series and the Discovery Series, where proximity to the Victoria is important. However, those spaces are far from ideal given access challenges, lack of visibility, and other difficulties. Room at the Schuster Center’s Mathile Theatre is at a premium for events and meetings, and is becoming less available for classes and workshops, especially during Broadway weeks, opera rehearsals, or gala events.
“The PNC Arts Annex provides just what is needed for the Dayton arts community to continue to grow and reach new audiences that crave a different experience that is more hands-on, more participatory,” continued Minyard.
Photos by Gina Ooi, Andy Snow, Ron Valle, and Ray Wylam.
Clarence and Judy Bittner
Barbara Blauman – In Honor of Marjorie and Gilbert Blauman
Dr. and Mrs. John Bloom
Anthony and Lynda Colussi
Robert and Donna Miles Curry
The Dayton Foundation
Joe and Gail Deering
Helen and Rocky Demers
The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of The Dayton Foundation
Elizabeth and John Ey
James and Mary Lu Flynn
Calvin and Cathy Frank
Michael A. Gardner
Lynn and David Goldenberg
Ms. Tracy Holly
Steve and Kate Hone
Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knowles
Mike and Chris Kopec
Daniel & Jennifer Light
Bill and Jackie Lockwood Foundation
Bruce and Ann Martino
Steve and Lou Mason
Col. Jack and Mary Jane McCormick
David and Norma Mears
Dale and Karen Medford
Travis and Shannon Michalak
Miller Valentine Group
Carol Ann Miller
John and Mary Miltenberger
Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District
Tim and JoAnne Otto
Jeanette and Jim Patton
Gary and Barbara Poleskey
Dominick and Peg Rinaldi
Don and Marcy Schade
William and Diane Schaff
Col. Byron Schatzley and Carol Graff
Beverly and Richard Scherack
The Schiewetz Foundation
Martha and Mark Shaker
Julie and Mark Shepard
Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Spurlino
State of Ohio Facilities Construction Commission
Gary and Sharon Streby
Nancy and Rick Vogel
B. J. Wack
Paul and Susanne Weaver
Judith and Fred Weber
Gerry and Lynda Weitz
Darden and Debbie Whitaker
Walt and Marcia Wood
The Wyse Family Foundation
To learn about how your organization can use the PNC Arts Annex, contact:
Vice President – Education & Engagement