In a special public meeting held Thursday, December 1 at Rosenberg City Hall, the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) heard a proposal from Imperial Arts (IA) to make Rosenberg’s historic downtown district a destination for arts and culture
If approved as presented, a partnership between RDC and IA would establish the Rosenberg Arts Center by Spring 2012, a restored historic Cole Theater by Fall 2013, and recognition of the historic downtown district as a sanctioned “Cultural District” by the Texas Commission on the Arts by the end of 2013.
The RDC Board expressed enthusiasm and interest in moving forward with this proposal, and directed staff to continue to develop specific details related to a formal partnership with IA.
Edward Crowell III, Imperial Arts’ Founder and Executive Director said, “This is going to be an exciting journey with lofty goals to be accomplished in a short time period. With the support of the RDC and the City of Rosenberg, and with Imperial Arts’ talent and experience, this will become a reality and bring community, commerce and tourism to downtown Rosenberg.”
In attendance at the meeting were members of the RDC Board, including Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr.; Imperial Arts’ staff and Board members; and Matt Fielder, Rosenberg Economic Development Director. The audience included representatives from the Downtown Merchants of Rosenberg; the Art League of Fort Bend; the Rosenberg Railroad Museum; downtown Rosenberg property and business owners; and former Rosenberg Mayor, Joe Gurecky.
Matt Fielder, Economic Development Director, said, “We’re excited about the opportunity to have continued investment in our historic downtown and to preserve the Cole Theatre as a Rosenberg landmark. This partnership promises to bring new opportunities for cultural arts to our community, as well as be a magnet to draw people to Rosenberg from other areas. I believe it will be a important boost to the businesses downtown and on Avenue H.”
The development plan presented by IA consists of three major phases: First, establishment of the Rosenberg Arts Center in historic downtown, offering a variety of live performances, films, art exhibits, and arts education programming; second, the re-opening of the historic Cole Theater, restored to its historic art deco-style glory, offering major productions of professional opera, theatre, concerts, films, art exhibits, and community events; and third, the designation of historic downtown Rosenberg as a “Cultural District” by the Texas Commission on the Arts – with museums, shops, landmarks, the Rosenberg Arts Center, and the restored Cole Theater as important components of community, commerce, and tourism.