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Tere North
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Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:55 pm

Neckfansince71 wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:05 pm
ST pointed me to this pdf. this afternoon. It's an example of WIU getting very very serious about getting the CPA funds released by the state of Illinois. I know that there are petitions floating around all over McDonough county and other areas in support of this new building. I am also sure that new and repeated contacts have been made with regional legislators and officials ala the Gov! The pdf. is a great way to illustrate the economic and cultural impact the CPA will have for the WIU/Macomb region.

http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/fm/_documents/C ... raphic.pdf

;) jc
It would be nice to see refs for the numbers presented.
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Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:35 pm

Refs??? ;) jc
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Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:43 pm

Tere North wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:55 pm
Neckfansince71 wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:05 pm
ST pointed me to this pdf. this afternoon. It's an example of WIU getting very very serious about getting the CPA funds released by the state of Illinois. I know that there are petitions floating around all over McDonough county and other areas in support of this new building. I am also sure that new and repeated contacts have been made with regional legislators and officials ala the Gov! The pdf. is a great way to illustrate the economic and cultural impact the CPA will have for the WIU/Macomb region.

http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/fm/_documents/C ... raphic.pdf

;) jc
It would be nice to see refs for the numbers presented.
I would assume all these are estimated based on...idk...stuff ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I agree, I'd like to see where they got the numbers from. I don't necessarily disagree with what it's presenting, but I would like to know the basis. For example, did they look at similar projects in other areas and then scaled numbers based on regional population? Is the economic output based on ticket sales for events, plus local hotel and restaurant revenue from people visiting, plus other things?
The best I was able to find was from a facebook post about some of the things (see below) that says "The numbers in this infographic are pulled from the September 2018 Economic Impact Report done by the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs."

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Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:39 am

Well, I guess I picked the right time to point everyone to this pdf. handout. I had no idea that there was a gathering in support of this today! ;) jc
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Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:02 pm

So you can go to the Fine Arts and Communications Facebook page and listen to what is happening in regards to WIU/Macomb and the Center for Performing Arts. I hope all of you have signed the petition being circulated throughout McDough County in support of this project. I think people are finely tired of being treated like "Forgottownia" a doing something about it. ;) jc
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Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:46 pm

Neckfansince71 wrote:
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So you can go to the Fine Arts and Communications Facebook page and listen to what is happening in regards to WIU/Macomb and the Center for Performing Arts.
Here it is:
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So do you think a present day comedian like a Bob Newhart from yesteryear (Bob performed at WIU Homecoming, my last semester at WIU) would ever be welcome at the PAC? Is it big enough? Is stand-up comedy even a performing art? Just asking 'cause I don't know.
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Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:38 am

sealhall74 wrote:
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So do you think a present day comedian like a Bob Newhart from yesteryear (Bob performed at WIU Homecoming, my last semester at WIU) would ever be welcome at the PAC? Is it big enough? Is stand-up comedy even a performing art? Just asking 'cause I don't know.
Judging from what I see from most stand-up "comedians", I believe it is a lost art............. ;)
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Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:30 am

sealhall74 wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:04 pm
So do you think a present day comedian like a Bob Newhart from yesteryear (Bob performed at WIU Homecoming, my last semester at WIU) would ever be welcome at the PAC? Is it big enough? Is stand-up comedy even a performing art? Just asking 'cause I don't know.
It's still a thing, and there's still comedians who do well touring and on the college circuit, although it's not as big as it was in the past. You don't really have a lot of people who are touring and are big enough for a popular TV show like Bob Newhart (or movies, like Bob Hope was).

The CPA as it was originally designed would have a 1,400 seat main theater, which is plenty for probably 95% of the comedians out there. The big thing is that it's actually configured as a theater though. A lot of musicals/stage productions that are touring the smaller venues have stopped coming to Macomb in large part because they don't want to deal with a temporary stage setup like they did at Western Hall. When I was growing up, my parents had season tickets for BCA events and I saw a TON of musicals (Cats, Miss Saigon, Rent, 42nd Street, Into the Woods, etc.), quite a few other cool performances, comedians (Smother Brothers, Sinbad back when he was popular), magicians (Harry Blackstone Jr.), musicians (Chuck Berry, Ray Charles), etc. There's still some interesting shows that stop by, but in general, we're just not able to get those one or two real "big" things that we used to every year. Some of that is just due to lack of money, I'm sure, but I do know that productions have turned us down when then found out what the performance setup would be.

If they're able to do the three theaters as originally outlined, they'd have quite a range of acts that would be open to them, with maybe a smaller, less well-known performer able to perform in the 250-seat thrust theatre...bring in young up and coming comedians and solo performers from Chicago and the surrounding areas and not worry about having to get 1,000+ people in the seats. Put big acts and big performances from the theatre and music departments in the main theatre.
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Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:47 am

Petition for PAC gains momentum.

Headline story in today's McDonough County Voice:
http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/2018 ... s-momentum
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