How the arts can rebuild communities
Philip Morris of Proctors is coming to Glens Falls, and he’s a speaker not to miss!
Check out this upcoming event on October 27 and RSVP to LARAC if you plan to make it.
LARAC, The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council invites the community to join us on Tuesday, October 27th from 6:30–8pm at LARAC’s Lapham Gallery for a discussion on the ‘Revitalization of a Community through Arts and Culture’ led by Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors Theater in Schenectady.
This event is free and open to the public, and donations are appreciated.
Local nonprofit leaders, business owners, government officials, artists and arts supporters are encouraged to attend.
Philip Morris began his career in arts administration as a choral singer at Hamilton College. At 22 he became Arts Council Director of Jamestown, NY, where he discovered firsthand how art and community co-evolve. He launched his first capital campaign to save the local Reg Lenna Civic Center, a 1,200-seat theatre on the cusp of ruin. There in western NY, Philip discovered and fine-tuned his unique gift to the arts administration field – an abiding commitment to creativity, community and commerce.
In 2002, Philip became the CEO of Proctors. His challenge was to revitalize the Schenectady arts community within the dauntingly complex Capital Region. This was about more than just restoring and enlarging an old vaudeville house, although Philip certainly addressed that head on! His charge was to restore confidence to a downtown devastated by industrial history and political gridlock.
Through community entrepreneurship, Philip initiated a 40 million dollar capital campaign, expanding the historic stagehouse to accommodate the biggest Broadway touring productions and adding a state-of-the-art black box theatre and conference and education spaces. In a less traditional move, Philip pursued an in-house power plant that recycles waste heat, allowing Proctors and its downtown neighbors to drastically reduce both their bills and carbon footprint.