Downtown Dayton’s newest arts venue named after donor

A rendering of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Arts Annex, which is under construction at North Ludlow and West Second streets. CONTRIBUTED
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A rendering of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Arts Annex, which is under construction at North Ludlow and West Second streets. CONTRIBUTED

The newest arts venue in downtown Dayton will be named after PNC Bank, which made a “significant investment” in the center.

Victoria Theatre Association said in a statement today that PNC’s lead gift gave them naming rights for the arts and education venue scheduled to to open as the as the “PNC Arts Annex” this fall.

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The center is now under construction, led by Miller-Valentine Group, at the corner of Second and Ludlow streets.

The grand opening for the 12,000-square-foot center will be early October. The Dayton Daily News reported in July that the Victoria Theatre Association is spending about $1.5 million on construction.

“VTA believes that fostering more creative opportunity in our community – specifically for our young people – is important in today’s world,” stated Ken Neufeld, CEO of the Victoria Theatre.

Ken Neufeld, VTA president and CEO, announces that the arts annex will now be named the PNC Arts Annex. STAFF
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Ken Neufeld, VTA president and CEO, announces that the arts annex will now be named the PNC Arts Annex. STAFF

David Melin, PNC regional president for Dayton, stated the bank recognizes “access to quality arts experiences enriches lives and builds stronger and more vibrant communities, which ultimately helps drive business and economic development.”

The arts center will have a 200-seat performance venue for performances like open mic nights, spoken word events and smaller productions by community groups. The size of the venue will cater to companies that have outgrown the Mathile Theatre — the black box at the Schuster Center — which has about 90 seats.

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Victoria Theatre stated the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and The Human Race Theatre Company have also expressed interest in the facility.

The arts center also has a a large studio space for classes and workshops as well as lobby space for meetings, receptions and parties.