The concept behind TFAC is to give artists who do not have the funds, political connections, and staffing, the opportunity to workshop, market, and produce their work at a polished, professional level. My company Theori Stages and our sister company Reflective Music would function as mentors for new artists, looking for an outlet for their messages. We would provide the venue, experience, and when necessary the staffing to materialize their concepts, while allowing them to EARN money from their craft as opposed to going further into debt trying to create. This will create opportunities in our neighborhoods. It will give young people a place to be, besides on the streets. Our elders will be able to share our collective history. Most important we will be realizing dreams and hopefully saving lives.
The physical venue would function as a performance venue, training facility, networking hub, and a fine dining establishment. It will be a cultural and social boon to our community. Entertainment venues attract businesses to the local surrounding area, which employ more people, who are then able spend more money; in effect boosting our local economy. The location we have chosen is close enough to the downtown area to attract patrons who typically do not venture south, while still being able to cater directly to our community.
It is accessible and in line with Mayor Emmanuel’s vision to revitalize business on the south side. Our ownership as minorities helps to negate gentrification and protect our cultural history in the South Loop/Bronzeville area.
To maintain fiscal stability we will pursue the following revenue streams:
1) Rental of our Dance, Recording, Video Production Studios, and rehearsal facilities
2) Rental of our Grand Theatre, Rooftop Theatre, and Black Box Theatre
3) Original Programming from Theori Stages and Reflective Music
4) Business Hour Dining at our onsite restaurant
5) Arts Grants and Endowments
Our staff is composed of well educated, talented individuals with experience in their respective fields, who have the ability to mentor burgeoning artists, while still being young enough to find innovative ways to redefine what it means to create. Our support system has decades of experience in venue management, talent development, technical direction, and financial management. They will help guide us in making sure that our altruistic goals never subvert our fiscal responsibilities. We are not in this for the short term, Theori Fine Arts Center is going to be a permanent part of Chicago’s cultural community.