About the Performing Arts Center
The Moline High School Bartlett Performing Arts Center is made possible through a partnership between Moline-Coal Valley School District and the Robert E. Bartlett Family Foundation. It will not only increase educational opportunities for Moline High School students and staff, but will also benefit the entire community by drawing more outside performers and enriching Moline's culturing offerings.
Over 35,000 square feet in renovations and a 10,000-square foot addition feature a complete gut and remodel of the 60-year-old auditorium. Work includes advanced audiovisual and lighting systems, handicap upgrades, and stadium-style seating that improves audience views to the stage. Other spaces include a music room, choral room, scene shop, dressing rooms, practice rooms, concessions area, and a multipurpose room that can be used as a "black box" theater for smaller performances. The corridor that connects the existing facility with the addition features a “river wall” inspired by Moline’s location amid two rivers.
Among those who participated in the design process were Moline High School students and staff, as well as representatives of the Robert E. Bartlett Family Foundation. The facility was designed by Legat Architects and is being built by Russell Construction. The $11.7 million project is slated for completion in January of 2019.