Sneak peek at Kelly Cen­ter for Mu­sic, Art and the Com­mu­nity

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Pete Bannan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

HAVER­FORD >> A shin­ing light on the lo­cal arts scene is get­ting brighter as Kelly Mu­sic for Life held a pre­view tour Thurs­day of the Kelly Cen­ter for Mu­sic, Arts, and Com­mu­nity per­for­mance cen­ter on East Ea­gle road in Haver­town.

“We’re very ex­cited to be half way there on our fundrais­ing,” said Tom Kelly, chair­man and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Kelly Mu­sic for Life, dur­ing the tour of the cen­ter in what once was a Good­man’s 5 and 10 store. “We’re look­ing at Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary for com­ple­tion.”

An $83,300 grant from Sun Club, a divi­sion of Green Moun­tain En­ergy has them halfway to­ward their $500,000 goal. The grant will fund sus­tain­able and in­no­va­tive fea­tures that in­clude: a roof­mounted so­lar panel and a rain­wa­ter grav­ity ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem that will sup­port a”liv­ing” in­door gar­den wall.

Kelly Mu­sic for Life, a lo­cal non­profit, hosts a num­ber of mu­si­cal events in the town­ship, in­clud­ing the Spring Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, the Ir­ish Fes­ti­val and this week­end’s Haver-Ital­ian Fes­ti­val.

Once open the Arts and Com­mu­nity cen­ter will host mu­sic and art pro­gram­ming geared to­ward chil­dren, teens and se­niors. Or­ga­niz­ers en­vi­sion a set­ting where young stu­dent artists can de­velop their skills and par­tic­i­pate in per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties in a drug-free set­ting.

Work­ers have taken out the di­vid­ing walls of the dou­ble store­front build­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the re­build­ing. Dur­ing the ren­o­va­tions the old mar­ble tile en­trance that was hid­den un­der years of false floor­ing was re­vealed and will once again be­come the en­try.

“One of the things that makes the pro­ject unique is the ef­fort to in­cor­po­rate ex­ist­ing as­pects of the build­ing,” said Kelly. “In­clud­ing in­cor­po­rat­ing the wood of the orig­i­nal floor.”

“The stage will in­cor­po­rate the ex­ist­ing floor­ing, keep­ing that ma­te­rial out of land­fills,” said Stacy Shaf­fer, pro­gram and mar­ket­ing man­ager for Green Moun­tain En­ergy Sun Club. “And ad­di­tional sus­tain­able de­sign and con­struc­tion ef­forts in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of sky­lights and nat­u­ral light­ing to re­duce en­ergy costs.”

Kelly said the build­ing in­cludes two up­per floor apart­ments, one of which will be­come of­fices, a meet­ing room and a green room for per­form­ers, while the sec­ond will be a care­taker’s res­i­dence. Most of the first floor will be an open floor plan with a small kitchen be­hind the stage.

Sun Club was granted a three-year award to the nam­ing rights to the per­for­mance stage.

Kelly said the or­ga­ni­za­tion has got­ten ad­vice from other non-prof­its, in­clud­ing the Lans­downe The­ater as they worked on ren­o­vat­ing the build­ing.

“We are turn­ing a vi­sion into a venue, a per­ma­nent home for Mu­sic, Arts and Com­mu­nity in Haver­town,” said Kelly at the July ground­break­ing. “This will be part of our le­gacy and the com­mu­nity’s le­gacy. The Kelly Cen­ter will be here con­tin­u­ing to do great work, serv­ing our com­mu­nity, long af­ter we move on.”

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Kelly Cen­ter for Mu­sic, Arts, and Com­mu­nity per­for­mance cen­ter on East Ea­gle road in Haver­town.

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kelly Mu­sic for Life, held a pre­view open­ing of their New Cen­ter for Mu­sic and the Arts on East Ea­gle road in Haver­ford Town­ship Thurs­day. Those in at­ten­dance in­cluded; Cindi Rooney, di­rec­tor for devel­op­ment at Kelly Mu­sic for Life,Adrian Hick­man,Press Re­la­tions, Tom Kelly, chair­man and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Stacy Shaf­fer, pro­gram and mar­ket­ing man­ager for Green Moun­tain En­ergy Sun Club,Paul Kelly Mu­sic for Life, vice-pres­i­dent and Liz McClearn of Catch 3 con­sult­ing.

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kelly Mu­sic for Life held a pre­view tour Thurs­day of the Kelly Cen­ter for Mu­sic, Arts, and Com­mu­nity per­for­mance cen­ter on East Ea­gle road in Haver­town.

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Tom Kelly, chair­man and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Kelly Mu­sic for Life, talks with Cindi Rooney, di­rec­tor for devel­op­ment at Kelly Mu­sic for Life, and Liz McClearn of Catch 3 con­sult­ing.

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