The Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) voted to enter into a performance agreement with Imperial Performing Arts, Inc. (IPA) to develop a performing and cultural arts program in Historic Downtown Rosenberg at its February 8, 2012 meeting.
At the same meeting, the RDC held a public hearing on the project declaration for the project expenditure. The public hearing was part of a sixty (60) day waiting period before the RDC is allowed to expend funds on the project that began when notice of the hearing was published on January 19. The meeting included public comment from nine (9) individuals, all of which were supportive of the initiative and its potential to serve as a catalyst for further development and growth in culture, business, and tourism in Rosenberg.
Imperial Arts was founded as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit professional arts organization. Imperial Arts has developed and produced a full-range of performing and visual arts, and arts education in Greater Fort Bend County since 2008. For the last several years, they have operated out of Sugar Land Town Square; under their agreement with the RDC, Imperial Arts will begin productions in Rosenberg in the Fall of 2012.
Under the agreement, the RDC will provide $250,000 a year for two years to Imperial Arts ($100,000 in first year for Arts Center renovation, and $150,000 to underwrite events; and $100,000 in second year for Cole renovation, and $150,000 to underwrite events). The agreement calls for Imperial Arts to renovate and open the building at 823 3rd Street (northeast corner of Avenue G and 3rd street) by September 30, 2012. This building will become Imperial’s Arts Center in Rosenberg, and be used for cultural and performing arts events. The agreement also calls for Imperial Arts to restore the Cole Theatre (930 3rd St.) and open it for public performances by December 31, 2014.
In addition to the renovation of the Arts Center and Cole Theatre, the performance agreement requires a performing arts program be established to provide a minimum of sixty (60) public ticketed events per year in the City of Rosenberg and at least twelve (12) community events per year for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the opening of the Arts Center in Rosenberg. Furthermore, IPA has agreed to coordinate the filing for a Cultural District designation for Historic Downtown Rosenberg from the Texas Commission for the Arts.
Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. stated, “The passionate support this partnership has enjoyed from the community so far exemplifies the importance of cultural tourism to our community, especially historic downtown. The addition of a formalized cultural district and professional performing arts company to the plethora of diverse shops and leisure opportunities already available in our unique downtown, provides a win-win for everyone involved, and serves as a further catalyst for Rosenberg’s continued growth and vitality. We look to the development of the Arts Center and the Cole Theatre as yet another way to introduce new people and businesses to Rosenberg, and all our great downtown has to offer, as well as to the development of a professional performing arts program to enhance the quality of life of our residents, and visitors alike.”
For more information on the RDC performance agreement with Imperial Arts, please contact the Economic Development Department at 832-595-3330.