The first phase of an extensive renovation project for the Fine Arts Center began at the close of this school year. Topping the priority list: the lobby (north side), including enlarged space; new ceiling, lighting, carpet and paint; insulated windows and doors; and new, modern fascia for the main entry. Phase 1 also includes a new concrete plaza in front of the main doors, and accessible entries and pathways.
Plans for subsequent phases call for a new acoustical ceiling and new ceiling lighting, paint and carpet for the entire building; new graphics and directional signage; new exterior paint; an enlarged FAC Gallery; box office and kitchenette renovation (across from the gallery); new seating areas and refurbishing of current bench seating; display areas that highlight the programs housed in the FAC (music; communication arts; forensics; theater); an outdoor stage; and landscaping around the building.
The hope for this project is especially to showcase the fine arts for which the FAC is named – helping faculty bring attention to the current strengths of their programs, creating a space that encourages participation in and interaction with the fine arts, enhancing the facilities offerings for the wider Newton/North Newton community and giving both current and prospective students pride in Bethel's fine arts facilities and programs.