Public Invited To Enjoy Free Open House, Dance Performance & Evening Gala
The city of Las Vegas invites the public to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Charleston Heights Arts Center, Saturday, Feb. 10, with a free open house, class demonstrations, building tours, gallery exhibition, public art talks, afternoon contemporary dance performance and an evening Big Band gala. The center is located at 800 S. Brush St. Call 702-229-ARTS (2787) for more information or to RSVP for the events. The Saturday schedule is:
- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Open House with class demonstrations from the award-winning Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, building tours, gallery exhibition and public art talks.
- 2-3:30 p.m. Contemporary West Dance Theatre Performance live in the Jeanne Roberts Theatre for Performing Arts. RSVP here for the performance (space is limited).
- 7-10 p.m. Justin and the SwingBeats perform for a Big Band Gala Dance in the Ballroom.
RSVP here for the dance.
The Contemporary West Dance Theater, formerly known as Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, is dedicated to preserving and presenting the work of generations of great artists, choreographers and teachers, as well as showcasing the work of emerging talent in a broad spectrum of dance styles. The company’s vision is to become distinguished ambassadors of America through the universal language of dance. Through the sharing of dance’s many rituals, these performers share Las Vegas with the world and bring back a little of the world in return.
Justin and the SwingBeats play Big Band standards of the Great American Songbook as well as jazz, iconic dance classics, pop and Top 40 hits. RSVPs are strongly suggested to the Contemporary West Dance Theatre performance and the evening gala, as space is limited.
The Charleston Heights Arts Center was just remodeled, including a complete re-roofing of the building with Thermoplastic Polyolefin. All center bathrooms have been made ADA-compliant and renovated; this required extending the building in the front. Offices were reconfigured and two classrooms were added. All drop ceilings have been replaced, and the center was repainted and re-carpeted throughout. Five of the seven air conditioning units were replaced as well as all air conditioning ducting; the other two units were previously replaced. The building has been made compliant with current fire codes and a new exterior building sign and trash enclosure were installed. Gas service was added to the building; lighting fixtures, electrical wiring and transformer were replaced. The theatre audio system was completely replaced. The renovations were estimated to cost up to $2,100,000.
The Charleston Heights Library and Arts Center opened in 1978, built with federal public works funds and opened in joint management with the Clark County Library District and the city of Las Vegas, which owned the land. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District built the West Charleston Library at 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., opening Jan. 18, 1993. The library moved to the new building and the 1978 library building became the Charleston Heights Arts Center.
The city of Las Vegas, through its three arts centers: Charleston Heights Arts Center, West Las Vegas Arts Center, and the Historic Fifth Street School, offers a diversity of programs and classes in performing, visual and public art. Arts education offerings include group and private dance, visual arts, drama and private music and voice lessons, Rainbow Company Youth Theatre classes, camps and performances, and summer dance camps. The arts centers additionally host a variety of cultural performances, including a children’s summer concert series; social dances, festivals and literary events for the community, and music, dance and theatre events. Theatres, ballrooms, multi-purpose rooms and conference rooms are available to rent. Call 702-229-ARTS (2787) for more information.