What was talked about in May has been finalized. With it should bring even bigger musical acts to Fall River.
The Board of Directors of the Narrows Center for the Arts have announced that the purchase of the building at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River has been finalized. “The purchase of this building, which we have called home for the last sixteen years, marks a major milestone for our organization. The purchase will allow our organization to expand our operations and establish a permanent home for the arts on our beautiful waterfront,” states Patrick Norton, Executive Director.
Initial plans include increasing the performance seating from its current capacity of 280 to a new capacity of 430. The increased capacity will invite higher profile acts and allow an additional 150 tickets to be sold for the acts that sell out regularly. Buildout on the second floor will include nine artist studios to start. The additional space will make for a more vibrant and diverse artist community. Additional buildout on the second floor will include space for art-related businesses, retail, and holistic healing. Future plans for the first floor include the possibility of a brewery, restaurant and other commercial entities.
In 2017, over 30,000 people attended an event at the Narrows Center. The Narrows anticipates an additional 5,000-10,000 attendees in the first year of expansion. These numbers will increase exponentially as build out and occupancy reaches capacity. The Narrows Center expansion will be a vital economic and cultural destination for the Fall River waterfront.
The Narrows Center for the Arts is currently in the midst of a Capital Campaign to raise $750,000 for renovation and building improvements. To date, the Narrows has raised $375,000 for the campaign. The non-profit organization is seeking support from the community at large to meet their goal.