Fayette County Cultural Trust
2020—Setting a Clear Vision for
A bold 10-Year plan to re-create the city—The arts and culture play an integral part in shaping a city’s quality of life this leads to a climate that is attractive to business and visitors. The arts will enliven our neighborhoods and will strengthen our community.
- Concentrate new development, events and other activities in and near the downtown
- Develop a brand identity for Connellsville built on the natural and historic assets
- Protect the views of the mountains, improve access to the river
- Preserve and re-use historic buildings. New construction compatible with urban character
- Strengthen residential neighborhoods
- Promote transit connections and accessibility of the area
Establish a Cultural/Entertainment District--To include Theaters, Restaurants & Galleries, located on the East Side of the River. This will serve as a significant revitalization tool for the city.
Train Station Reconstruction—Center for Commerce, Tourism and History.
ArtWorks Connellsville—Center for teaching of visual arts,“Inspiration Café”—a coffee house
Porter Theater Restoration—An 800 seat former auditorium transformed into a first class performing arts theater for local and regional actors and musicians.
Farmers and Artist Market—Downtown Location
Summer Art Classes and Festivals—Recruit new teachers, seek sponsors
Connellsville Crossroads—Quarterly magazine, expand subscription and distribution
Connellsville Canteen—A full service restaurant with a training school for culinary arts
First Night Connellsville—It will be a wonderful way for people to come together and ring in the New Year in a festive, alcohol-free atmosphere. To be held in the newly formed Cultural District, First Night Connellsville will offer something for everyone, from children’s activities and musical performances, to installations by local artists and fireworks finale.
Downtown Connellsville—Revitalization, Festivals, Streetscape and Beautification
Penn State Initiative--Heritage Signs, Feasibility Studies, Playground Programs