- What is The Center for Story?
The Center for Story is a beautiful and dynamic new facility being built at the heart of our community to enrich, inspire, and teach the young, old, and in between through story in its many forms, including the finest literary, performing, and visual arts. This 23,000 square foot facility will feature a moderately-sized auditorium, meeting rooms, an exhibit hall, a room where individuals can record personal and family stories, and a gift shop for storytelling books, CDs, and other merchandise. The Center will present programs and exhibits free to the public, year round. The Center for Story is dedicated to changing lives...one story at a time.
- What kinds of programs will be presented in The Center for Story?
The Center will host the same high quality programs that are currently presented at the Library year round, including storytelling performance, readers’ theater, music, puppetry, dance, dramatic presentations, lectures, film screenings and discussions, art exhibits, and touring cultural exhibits. The Center will also host storytelling programs which are currently presented under the name Timpanogos Storytelling, including performances by the finest regional and national tellers and workshops on the traditional art of storytelling. As home to the Timpanogos Storytelling School Outreach Program and the National Youth Storyteller Showcase, The Center will coordinate programs offered to youth and area schools, including story crafting workshops, teacher training in the use of story in the classroom, and storytelling performances for students.
The Center will also offer services relating to story. A small room will provide a place where individuals can record their personal and family stories, preserving them for generations to come. A community writing center will present workshops and personalized coaching for students with creative writing assignments, individuals writing personal and family histories, aspiring poets and novelists, or those simply desiring to improve their writing skills for work or pleasure. The Center will provide visitors with ready access to the Library's unsurpassed storytelling resource collection...the largest such public library collection in the nation.
- Why do we need The Center for Story?
The Library and Timpanogos Storytelling have been extremely successful in enriching lives and supporting lifelong learning through their programs, festivals, and events; but the Library's current program space, designed twenty years ago to seat 120, is no longer adequate. Annual attendance has increased by 195% in just the last five years, from 21,290 in 2006 to 62,926 in 2012. Audiences regularly exceed the capacity of the Storytelling Wing, making it an increasingly common experience for patrons to be unable to find a place to sit, to be unable to see or hear the presenter because of limitations of the facility, or to simply be turned away because there is no room. The Center for Story will provide the space and amenities needed for these important and meaningful experiences.
- What will the facility cost and how will it be paid for?
The facility will cost a total of $4.4 million, and it is being built entirely with donations and grants. The majority of funds for construction (56% or $2,475,000) is coming from private donations and foundation grants. $1,760,000 has already been raised and efforts are currently underway to raise the final $715,000.
The balance needed for the project, or $1,925,000, is planned to come from the public facilities portion of the CARE Granting Program, which is a voter-approved local sales tax that has been in place since 2006. By state law, CARE grants can only be used to build City-owned cultural and recreational facilities, and to support arts programming of our local arts organizations. A total of $14 million in revenue is projected for the eight year life span of the CARE tax; of that, only $1,925,000 has been requested towards building the Center for Story. The balance is going to recreation and to the private nonprofit arts organizations in Orem.
Taxes are not being raised to build the Center, and the Center is being designed to budget. The architectural design phase includes four major checkpoints where the architects, a professional cost estimating firm, and a building contractor each review the plans and ensure that the project stays on target.
- When will The Center be built?
Architectural design is now complete. The project will be ready to go out to bid for construction when all funding is in place. Construction is anticipated to take approximately 10 months.
- Where will The Center be located?
The Center will be connected to the Library’s south wing, on the west side of the City Center building. This site preserves all the general and handicapped parking as well as all of the ball fields and park amenities to the east of the Library. It also preserves all of the "heritage" trees in front of the City Center building; these trees are original to the site and are an important part of the City's landscape.
Connected to the Library, The Center can easily be managed by existing library staff. This adjacency also makes it possible for the Center’s programming and exhibits to be experienced as intended, in conjunction with the Library's collection and services. Library reference staff will be present before and after every program to direct patrons to materials for further exploration.
- Will additional parking be needed for The Center for Story?
No. A parking and traffic study completed in June 2011 confirmed that there is sufficient parking for this new facility with existing stalls on the west end of City Center block. Patrons attending The Center’s evening programs will enjoy the close proximity of parking immediately south of the City Center building. This lot is largely vacant in the evenings when City offices are closed.
The programs to be offered at The Center are the same programs which are now offered year round at the Library, including those presented concurrently with the baseball season at City Center Park. The Center for Story is being built to accommodate the numbers of people who already come; they are finding ample places to park, but once inside the Library, there is no place to sit. The new auditorium will provide an intimate setting, with its 290 seats on the main floor and 95 on the balcony. The size is a good fit for the kinds of programs presented at the Library, as well as a good fit with the other facilities and programs on the block.
- How much will it cost to operate this new facility?
The Library’s current programming section will manage the new facility, so no new staff will be required. The annual utilities will be approximately $50,000. These additional costs are already planned for through an endowment fund, donations, and a small amount from the City’s general operations budget.
- If some CARE funds are used to build this new facility, will this reduce the amount of CARE support given to private non-profit cultural arts organizations?
The residents of Orem voted to institute the CARE tax to support both recreation and cultural arts, and the ballot reflected the two purposes allowed by State law; this includes the ongoing operating expenses of private non-profit cultural arts organizations, and building city-owned cultural and recreational facilities for the long term benefit of Orem’s residents. When the CARE program was first implemented, the City Council established a distribution pattern that apportioned CARE revenue for each of these allowed purposes. Funds planned for The Center for Story are coming from the facilities allocation, and will not reduce in any way the amount allocated for private non-profits.
By ordinance, private non-profit organizations are only eligible to receive up to 35% of their annual operating budgets from the CARE program. To date, SCERA has received $3,628,400 of CARE tax dollars and Hale Center Theater Orem has received $2,667,173. The City Council is interested in continuing annual CARE support for these two very important private non-profits, as well as other cultural arts organizations operating in Orem.
- What will the facility look like?
The Center for Story will be a beautiful landmark in our City. The facade will incorporate brick and glass to complement the City Center building. Architectural design is now underway, and elevation renderings are available at www.centerforstory.org under the heading About the Center
The auditorium is being designed to a size and shape to provide an intimate setting for the kinds of programs presented by the Library. The main floor will seat 290 and the balcony will seat an additional 95; the balcony will be designed to go dark when not in use. The seating layout will place the audience in a 180° arc and will include inside aisles for ease of access. Seating will be raked to maximize sightlines. The stage will have a detachable apron that extends into the audience to provide greater intimacy between audience and presenter. Acoustics will be designed to serve a variety of program types, functioning for clarity of speech as well as musical performance. A meeting room which seats sixty, and the stage which can be enclosed and also used as a meeting space, will be used for a wide variety of workshops, seminars, and program rehearsals.
- I've heard that the facility will be built in phases. What are the plans for construction?
In the early conceptual discussions of the project, an alternative considered was the construction of the Center for Story in two distinct phases. However, the architects for the project have successfully designed the facility to be built in one phase. There are no longer any plans for the construction of any future phase.
- Why build a facility with an emphasis on story?
Story is an essential element of our humanity. The sharing of story strengthens the social fabric that holds communities and nations together. It removes barriers, reaches across cultural differences, and engages our shared, deeply held values. It strengthens our ability to connect with each other. Story touches people of all ages. It opens the eyes of children to the wonders of the world of ideas. It inspires youth to make their own contributions in life. It gives adults fresh perspective, insight, understanding, and respite from the cares of the world. Storytelling increases our human, social, and creative capital. It nurtures, protects, and sparks creativity and innovation. The most valuable lessons in life are best communicated through story.
The Center for Story is an opportunity to reach more people with the transformative power of story. People of all ages and from all walks of life will be enriched by The Center's programs. Visitors will enjoy deep and lasting impressions by experiencing story through multiple art forms. Families will be strengthened and generations will be bound together by the personal and family stories shared and preserved at The Center. As home to the National Youth Storyteller Showcase, youth tellers from around the state and across the nation will converge here to receive the finest training in the traditional art of storytelling. The Center's school outreach programs will help the youth of today be better prepared for the challenges of tomorrow as they increase their ability to engage with others through the spoken word and story. Stories which are important to our history and to the memory of our culture will be preserved and made accessible for generations to come through The Center's storytelling resource collection. Educators will experience greater success by being taught in The Center's workshops the effective use of story in the classroom.
- What does Timpanogos Storytelling have to do with The Center for Story?
Organized and presented by the Friends of the Orem Public Library, the first Timpanogos Storytelling Festival was held in 1990 as a fundraiser to build a new children’s library for Orem. A dedicated group of volunteers, all "moms," brought a handful of the best professional tellers to Orem to perform for an audience of 860 at that inaugural event. The Festival was such a remarkable experience that it has continued as an annual event and is now the second largest such festival in the nation, with nearly 50,000 people attending events each year.
Today, the Timpanogos Storytelling group is incorporated under the name Timpanogos Storytelling Institute (TSI). These are still volunteers, who donate their time to partner with the Library in presenting Orem's annual fall festival; year round storytelling performances; weeklong artist in residencies; and a very active school outreach program which sponsors storytelling festivals, storycrafting workshops, and performances in Orem’s schools. The Festival is the Library's premiere annual event, and the traditional art of storytelling has become its trademark. All proceeds from the Festival go to the City to benefit the community through story. A portion of the proceeds has been used each year to grow the Library Storytelling Resource Collection which is now the finest such collection in the nation.
- Will The Center for Story be available as a rental facility for groups who want a meeting place?
The Center’s primary purpose is to provide a venue for cultural programming, and it will be actively used year round for this purpose. However, once built, the Center may free up other meeting spaces in the Library. The City Council may consider this possibility as we move towards completion of the project.
- I’ve heard there is interest in creating an arts district in Orem. How does The Center for Story fit into this concept?
The Center will be one anchor in the arts district envisioned by the Orem Arts Council. In their strategic plan for the arts in Orem, officially adopted by the City Council, the Arts Council has shared a vision which encompasses everything from the Woodbury Art Museum and the Ragan and Noorda theaters at Utah Valley University; the SCERA Center for the Arts; Hale Center Theater Orem; the performance stage at City Center Park; Mt. Timpanogos Park (designed, in part, for cultural arts festivals); and, The Center for Story. Each venue adds its own unique dimension to the cultural arts offerings that span the length of our city. The City Council is interested in working with all stakeholders to encourage the future development of this vision.
- Will The Center for Story lure business away from other cultural organizations in Orem?
The Center is being designed, sized, and situated to “fit” our community, and to complement and strengthen Orem’s other cultural organizations. The programs to be presented at the Center are already presented year round at the Library; they are unique to the Library and are generally not available elsewhere in the community. They contribute to a healthy arts environment by helping to grow each new generation of cultural arts consumers.
The Center is not being designed to accommodate full-scale stage productions. It will not have an orchestra pit, a fly system for stage scenery, or a loading dock for touring shows, as these kinds of performances are not part of the Library's focus. Performance groups requiring these amenities will continue to present at SCERA, Hale Center Theater Orem, and at other venues in our community.
- How can I contribute to The Center for Story?
You can be a part by contributing to the capital campaign or by donating your time in fundraising efforts. Gifts and sponsorships of any amount will be gratefully accepted. Many naming opportunities are available to memorialize your gift, from engraving your family’s name on a paver to naming a row of seats in the auditorium. Please join us in building The Center for Story. Your contribution will make a difference in our community now and for generations to come.
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