The Schaaps purchased the first parcel of what is now a 2.4-acre plot for the new arts center in 2012 and began pushing to build and fund it the following year. Fundraising began in earnest in 2020, Turnbull said, with the project’s approval from the Grosse Pointe Park Planning Commission.
The A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Performing Arts Center will be located at the corner of Alter Road and Jefferson Avenue, on the site of a Grosse Pointe Park Public Works Department building that is moving to a new location on Mack Avenue, says Turnbull.
Once it gets a building permit and the DPW leaves the Alter-Jefferson site this summer, “we can demo on this building and start construction in the fall,” she said. declared.
The Schaap Center will house the museum-quality Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Gallery, which will house art from the family and private art collections from here and abroad.
“These exhibition spaces will have an integrated audience” with performing arts programs throughout the year, Turnbull said.
The center will also include a community art gallery and serve as the permanent home of the Grosse Pointe Theatre, its main tenant, as well as three other groups: the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, the Grosse Pointe Community Chorus and the Detroit Concert Choir. , said Turnbull.
The new center will also be a destination for other prominent local arts groups.
Bands expected to perform include the Carr Center, Detroit Medical Orchestra, Detroit Public Television, Detroit Opera, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Mosaic Youth Theater and the Sphinx Organization, Turnbull said.
The Schaap Center will help these arts organizations market their shows at the center to help them expand their audiences, she said.