Since taking over Proctors Theater in Schenectady in 2002, he’s guided this historic theater through exponential growth and expansion. Initiatives have included the addition of two smaller theaters, a powerplant that heats and cools neighboring buildings, an education center and public access television.  Proctors has become more than a venue; it is a cultural, economic and educational force not just for Schenectady, but for the Capital Region.

Morris will travel to Springville to talk about the success of Proctors and how the arts can impact the regional economy.

In addition to dramatically increasing the number of entertainment events designed to appeal to children, Morris has led a groundbreaking initiative to work with schools and other organizations to expose children to the arts. Over 30,000 students from throughout the region attend “School Day” programs each year, with 10,000 more attending Giant films at the GE Theater.  The Education Department at Proctors holds an annual art contest exhibited in the Fenimore Gallery; runs an extensive summer program with 10 different arts camps; runs a regional arts and education public access television channel focusing on presenting student material; produces the regional televised game show, Masterminds, with 32 high school teams participating; runs a four-day per week middle school-aged media program; and has developed a full time alternative 9th grade English program for at risk students in Schenectady and Albany.

This program is presented in partnership with the Downtown Springville Economic Development Group. 7pm August 16th at the Chamber of Commerce.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
7:00 pm


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