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Moline Plans New State-of-the-Art Performing Arts Center

The Board of Education  gave its approval on Monday, March 13, to execute a Development Agreement with the Robert E. Bartlett Family Foundation for the construction, expansion, modification, renovation and furnishing of the Moline High School Auditorium into a new Bartlett Performing Arts Center.

The new Bartlett Performing Arts Center will be state of the art and include renovations such as a modernized stage area, improved theatrical lighting and sound system, a new set building area and expanded lobby to display district and community art. The new center will renovate and expand the high school’s existing auditorium that was built in 1958 with a seating capacity of approximately 1,000.

Centrally located on the Moline High School campus, the center will be used by the district as well as residents of Moline and the local community. It will host concerts, plays and other cultural and art-related events.

The center will be named the Bartlett Performing Arts Center in memory of the Robert Bartlett family. Mr. Bartlett was an insurance executive and longtime benefactor of the City of Moline, whose interests included the arts, education and his community.

The foundation trustees agreed that a partnership with the district was the perfect fit for a new Bartlett Performing Arts Center. Budget for the center will be $10 million, and will be funded with $7 million from the Foundation and approximately $3 million from district’s future construction funds.

“This very generous gift will not only honor the legacy of Mr. Bartlett but will enhance the learning opportunities for generations of students, as well as allowing the citizens of Moline a venue to express and share their love of the arts,” said Lanty McGuire, Superintendent of Schools.  “Mr. Bartlett was always a strong advocate for Moline schools and the arts. We are so grateful for this tremendous gift.”

“The Robert E. Bartlett Family Foundation is pleased to partner with Moline-Coal Valley School District for the creation of the new center and to fulfill Robert’s vision of a performing arts venue that will be enjoyed by the Moline community for decades to come,” said Deb Bracke, Trustee.                                                                                                     
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