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Key Clients of
The North Group Inc.

ASSOCIATION OF PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTERS

THE COLONIAL THEATRE

FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

GRAND THEATER/
ARTSBLOCK PROJECT

HUDSON OPERA HOUSE

LEAGUE OF HISTORIC AMERICAN THEATRES

MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
ARTS & CULTURAL DISTRICT

RUTH ECKERD HALL/
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER FOUNDATION

WALTON ARTS CENTER

WOLF TRAP FOUNDATION
FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS


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“The Norths have another passion outside of the performing arts and restaurants: contemporary Japanese sculptural ceramics. . . . Their collection is considerable and impressive.” 

Artsblock photo
Alice and Halsey North,
Mary Stremlau, former Associate
Director, and Jim O'Connell,
Executive Director

Artsblock Plan

December 16, 2002
Alice & Halsey,
ArtsBlock has opened in downtown Wausau! We have raised $13.2 million – Thank you for all your help. I think of you often. The place is fabulous – especially when filled with people!

Merry Christmas,
Kevin Wolf
Board President

 

Grand Theater/ArtsBlock Project Wausau, Wisconsin

Originally built in 1927, the historic 1,250-seat Grand Theater had hosted local performing arts organizations and touring shows since its re-opening in 1987. By 1996, the demands of touring groups had escalated, Broadway shows had become larger, and audiences had became more responsive. As a result, the Grand needed to enlarge its stage and make improvements backstage, in the auditorium, and in audience amenities.

1996-1998 Fundraising feasibility assessment, board retreat, and strategic planning. Halsey and Alice North helped James O'Connell, Executive Director (715-842-0988, joconnell@grandtheater.org), the staff and board of the Wausau Performing Arts Foundation, and other key volunteer leaders to envision the needs of the Grand Theater in combination with the needs of the city of Wausau for the renewal of its downtown. They used strategic planning to conceptualize a Grand Theater/ ArtsBlock project within a larger community context. Over time, the Norths stage managed a “courtship” process, gathering input, adjusting the plans, and getting more and more people to buy into the vision. As a result, O'Connell and his colleagues successfully tackled the $13,100,000 campaign to make ArtsBlock a reality.

1998-2000 Capital campaign. Halsey and Alice North staged managed the quiet component of the campaign, training the staff and leaders, encouraging them, and coaxing them through the process of raising more than $10,750,000 from the first 570 gifts.

Artsblock

Artsblock

ArtsBlock and the enhanced Grand Theater opened in 2002. The project inspired the creation of a town square, new office spaces/restaurants/shops/foot traffic, and the renovation of Wausau's downtown shopping district.

 

   

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