A vibrant arts community is vital to the mission of Destination Medical Center. After just five months in his role as the Rochester Civic Theatre Company’s new Executive Director, Kevin Miller has already brought newfound attention to the local arts culture as evidenced by the success of the sold-out “Ring of Fire” musical performances.
Read on to learn more about what brought Miller to The Civic and what he feels sets Rochester, Minnesota apart from other cities.
“Many hospitals across the United States offer some form of arts programming,” says Dr. Johanna Rian, director of the Center for Humanities, “but Mayo Clinic has been offering the arts as part of the healing process since the early ‘80s.”
A healthy community embraces creative expression. From painting and photography to theater and dance, the arts inspire us, energize us, and help us tap into our own imagination.
February’s Post-Bulletin (PB) Dialogue, moderated by PB editor Jay Furst, will gather several community arts leaders and advocates together to discuss the future of arts in downtown Rochester during an informal, 90-minute conversation at the Rochester Public Library.
The city of Rochester has closed on the $6 million purchase of the historic Chateau Theatre.
The theater purchase is considered a Destination Medical Center project, which allows the expense to count toward the city’s $128 million contribution for public infrastructure costs. The Mayo Clinic paid $500,000 of the deal.
Rochester City Council President Randy Staver said it’s still unclear what the building’s long-term use and financial model will be.