Blackstone memorial auditorium theater for humanity

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Blackstone memorial auditorium theater for humanity

  1. 1. Blackstone Memorial Auditorium Theater for HumanityPresented by:Graciela BlackstoneApril 2012
  2. 2. Why this Project? • Vital Educational Center • Desirable Community Gathering Space • Key Economic Development Engine • Critical African American Historical Site PreservationVital historical location to provide a facility with a size and location convenient for all nonprofit, civic, and private organizations to raise admirable funds to help Maryland citizens in need. From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds 2
  3. 3. Community Supporters• Edward R. Riley, Maryland Senator• Cathleen M. Vitale, Maryland Delegate• John R. Leopold, County Executive, Anne Arundel County, Maryland 3
  4. 4. Historical Preservation We are transforming a 140+ year- old family farm, the last African American owned farm in Anne Arundel County, to a historical location for public use . From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds 4
  5. 5. Amphitheater Plans Advance• Museum• Amphitheater• Walking Trails• Education Center• Hall Brown House• Archeological Dig Opportunities – Historic Maryland life beginning early 1600’s From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds 5
  6. 6. About Graciela Blackstone• 5th Generation Farmer on the borderline of Crownsville and Annapolis, Maryland• Family lived, worked, and eventually owned the land since 1659• U.S. Army Veteran• Father: MSGT James Blackstone Sr. – Chief of Mechanical Engineers – Tuskegee University Flight Instructor for the Red Tails in 1941 Graciela Blackstone, who’s leading plans to build the Amphitheater for Humanity on her family farm in Crownsville, kneels on the property. Her family has had links to the land since the 1600s. From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds 6
  7. 7. Amphitheater Features• 24,000 sq. ft. steel frame structure• Proscenium seating, thrust stage, sound and lighting control room; seating for 750 to 1,000 people• Equipment storage for scenery and props• Lobby area expanded into gathering space – Community multi-purpose space• Warming kitchen for catering• Administrative offices• Open space, greenery and buffers• Parking From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds 7
  8. 8. Contact Information Graciela Blackstone Blackstone & Associates, LLC 1820 Hall Brown Road Annapolis, Maryland 21401 gra102358@yahoo.com 301-633-7697From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds

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