Green Arts District

Green Arts District

Photo by Ma’ayan Plaut ’10

An Environmentally Sustainable Center for the Arts

The Green Arts District is a bold and visionary plan to transform a 13-acre site adjacent to Tappan Square in downtown Oberlin into a thriving and environmentally sustainable center for community and the arts. The project will revitalize resources for the arts and education, reinvigorate the city of Oberlin, advance the college’s and conservatory’s leadership in green innovation, and create important new opportunities for student learning.

This idea — Green Arts — makes perfect sense for Oberlin, bringing our world-class reputation for innovation in education, music, and the arts together with our pioneering work in environmental sustainability. And the idea is likewise perfect for the city of Oberlin, creating a model for how a Midwestern rust-belt community can enliven its economic base, shrink its carbon footprint, and take steps toward a green future.

Green Arts

Key Points

  • With the revitalization of Hall Auditorium and other long-range plans for the creation of new spaces for theater, dance, music, and cinema, the project will address improving facilities for the arts and a critical need for expanded and enhanced facilities. The renovation of Hall Auditorium, in particular, meets an especially important need for a large and highly functional performance space.
  • For students with interests in such fields as environmental studies, urban planning, economic development, energy policy, the science of energy, and climate change, the Green Arts District creates a bridge from the classroom to the real world. It opens up countless opportunities for hands-on experience with some of the biggest and most complex challenges facing the nation and the world today, and it positions students to become leaders in all facets of sustainable development after they graduate.
  • The Green Arts District will engage students and faculty in a conversation about sustainability in the arts — what it means to present the arts in environmentally sustainable ways, and what it means to explore issues of sustainability through the creative process of the arts.
"Thrilling, bold, imaginative, and compelling...potentially an international model."
- Judith Rodin,
President, Rockefeller Foundation