The Charter Oak Capital Campaign: Building A Campus Dedicated to Social Justice Through the Arts
Charter Oak has broken ground on a new campus that includes the original historic synagogue structure, a recently acquired property next door at 25 Charter Oak Avenue, and a transformed landscape that will enable 250 more students to participate in our nationally-recognized City School of the Arts.
The Charter Oak Capital Campaign: Building a Campus Dedicated to Social Justice Through the Arts
To fully realize our mission and meet the skyrocketing demand for our nationally recognized programs, Charter Oak Cultural Center embarked upon an ambitious capital campaign in 2017.
The original plan was to restore and renovate the iconic synagogue structure we call home. Over these last four years, our vision has expanded thanks to the generosity of our donors, and we were able to acquire a property next door at 25 Charter Oak Avenue. In 2022, Charter Oak began major renovations of our new campus that includes the original historic structure, the 25 Charter Oak Avenue building, and a transformed landscape that will enable all our students, audience members and performers to access, learn and perform in a beautiful environment, safely and with dignity.
Our expanded campus will allow Charter Oak Cultural Center to meet the skyrocketing demand for its City School for the Arts and social justice programming. Renovated performance and exhibition spaces will allow for expanded visual and performing arts events, shows and exhibits. Our programs have been praised by the White House and we have 250 students on the waiting list.
Help Us Reach Our Goal!
Consider making a donation to support this vital work. 80 cents of every dollar will go to support the capital project and 20 cents will go to a building reserve fund. Please enter “Capital Campaign” in the Designation field when making your gift.
Our Next Phase
Charter Oak reached a critical milestone by raising 95 percent of the dollars we anticipated needing to complete this $5 million project.
However, despite careful planning, skyrocketing construction and labor costs since 2019 are limiting our ability to renovate all of the structures and outdoor space on the campus as planned.
Our next phase of this campaign involves raising $3 million to complete the renovation which we hope to raise from individual donors and institutional investors.
This is a transformational project for Charter Oak Cultural Center and all who benefit from our mission. Learn more
Our Capital Campaign Leadership
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Merrill Mandell, Campaign Chair
Joyce Mandell, Honorary Campaign Chair
Scott O’Keefe, Project Manager
General Contractor: Architectural Stone
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