What People Are Saying About the Fine Arts Center
"I love being a subscriber because throughout
the season you get a little bit of everything at our beautiful, intimate
venue. I appreciate the quality and talent that you bring to the FAC."
— Mike Lareau, FHPS Teacher
"The Hilton Grand Rapids Airport is proud to be a sponsor for such a fine facility that provides exceptional quality entertainment and services to the community. It is a pleasure to work with The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Staff. We appreciate you and your focus on quality events!" — Judith Young, Senior Sales Manager Hilton Grand Rapids Airport
"With Forest Hills Public Schools and the Fine Arts Center in
our backyard it just seemed right to make them a part of our marketing
plan. The people who have assisted us to make it happen are great and
the quality of shows and events are all outstanding. But what truly
keeps us coming back is the incredible interaction between the Fine
Arts Center and the students. I would guess something on this level
only occurs at major colleges and universities and so we are very proud
to be a part of it in our own community !!!"
— Randy Hansen, President Centennial Securities Company
"My husband and I have truly been delighted with our FAC season
tickets. The venue is wonderful, acoustics superb and parking a breeze.
We’ve also been pleased with the variety of shows each season. It’s
been fun to see some shows or performers that we might not ordinarily
have purchased tickets to see. We also think that the Fine Arts Center
has done a great job providing a venue for local performing companies
like the West Michigan Youth Ballet. I feel extremely privileged to
have the Fine Arts Center in our community. Thanks for all you do."
— Deb Cloney and Scott Kammeraad
“I volunteer at the Fine Arts Center as a way to give back to the
district which provides so many opportunities to our children.”
— Frank Tomasik
“We enjoy the times we are there...what is brought to us is so enriching
and such a multitude of so many great things.”
— Susan Hallifax L.P.N., Life Enrichment Coordinator at Breton Woods/Terrace
"Happy Holidays to you, and thanks for doing so much good for
our community through the Fine Arts Center."
— Mary Beth Kolenda, Marketing Coordinator at Founders Bank & Trust
"Volunteering for a well run non-profit is a satisfying experience
really, so it is a pleasure to be associated with you and your organization.
I am receiving what I wanted from this, namely a chance to get out
once a month for some low-cost entertainment (the price of gas), to
make friends with people from the Forest Hills area, and to contribute
to the next generation in a way that 20th century psychologist, Erik
Erikson, referred to as 'generativity'. Generativity is an extension
of love into the future. It is a concern for the next generation and
all future generations."
— Dave Kolman, FAC Volunteer
Reflecting the community’s spirited dedication to the arts—and made possible through a special bond referendum approved in 2000—the Forest Hills Public Schools Fine Arts Center was created to enhance the artistic growth and enjoyment of area youth, families, and seniors. Custom designed and equipped with leading-edge technology, the 62,000 square foot facility provides a uniquely effective environment for learning opportunities and staged performances in all aspects of the performing and visual arts, including:
• Performances produced by schools within the school district
• An annual subscription series of traveling productions by world-class professionals
• Special concerts, performances, and lectures by featured performing artists and speakers
• Art exhibits by local students and local, regional, and national artists
• A selective artist-in-residence program for the mutual benefit of artists and area students
• A broad spectrum of art enrichment classes for youth, adults, and seniors
Nestled on a spacious green campus in the heart of the Forest Hills community, the Fine Arts Center is a dramatic composition in concrete, copper and glass. Designed in harmony with its natural surroundings, it is among the first facilities of its type to be certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the United States Green Building Council.
The state-of-the-art facility offers the resources and amenities more typically associated with a regional performance theater, including a 4,500 square foot stage in an auditorium that seats more than 1,200 people. The scenic lobby provides a natural backdrop for the display of original artwork, and doubles as a spacious venue for trade shows, conferences, banquets, receptions, and more. An adjoining café offers guests a comfortable spot to relax between activities, and enjoy a snack or beverage during intermissions. Throughout the building, multi-purpose meeting and classrooms equipped with the latest audio-visual and Internet technologies offer maximum flexibility to support a broad range of functions, while our visual arts and dance studios provide creative working environments for students and professionals.
Owned and operated by Forest Hills Public Schools, the Fine Arts Center is self sustaining through an endowment fund, class tuitions, performance-generated revenues, and fees charged for private rental of the facility and its resources. Generous commitments of time and effort by a corps of volunteers with a visionary community and artistic spirit make the amazing things accomplished here possible.
• 61,900 square feet of space located on 42 acres of land in Grand Rapids Township (Grand Rapids, Michigan metro area)
• 1200+ seat hall, approximately 600 seats on main floor, 600 in balcony and boxes
• Multi-use lobby designed to accommodate dinner seating for 224, art shows, small business conferences, and trade shows
• Café for beverages/snacks during intermission with catering prep area and outdoor dining patio
• Six multi-use community classrooms
• Artist-in-residence studio
• Set construction studio
• Video Production Department
• District Audio Visual Department
• Ticket sales center
• Theater management offices
• Abundant free parking around several sides of the building
Take the 5-minute video tour of the Fine Arts Center to see this amazing facility inside and out. You will need Quicktime media player software installed on your computer to view the movie, and many computers already have this software installed. If your computer needs this media player, click on the Quicktime icon below to download and install the appropriate software. The larger file sizes below offer the best viewing experience and each could take several minutes to download, depending on your Internet connection speed.
Behind the dramatic concrete and glass façade of the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center lies a heart of…green. Continuing a tradition of environmental responsibility and stewardship established with the creation of the Goodwillie Environmental School in 2001, the state-of-the-art Fine Arts Center is the fourth Forest Hills Public Schools facility to meet the stringent criteria of the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. In 2006 the Fine Arts Center was the first public facility of its type to receive LEED certification in the U.S.
Since its introduction in 1999, the highly respected LEED system has become the international standard for assessing buildings for energy efficiency and their impact on the environment. The painstaking certification process addresses critical issues in site and building design; mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; materials selection; and construction methods; to ensure energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly results. The principles set forth by LEED guidelines were incorporated in the planning and design of the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, and observed with care throughout its construction, to shape a cost-effective facility in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings.
The long list of details that distinguish the Fine Arts Center as green may not be obvious at first glance. The steel, concrete, and glass that form its shell all contain recycled content, and more than half of the wood products used in its construction came from forests that observe Forest Stewardship Council guidelines. Specially formulated adhesives, sealants, paints, and carpets won’t compromise indoor air quality, and carbon dioxide monitors designed into the mechanical system assure that fresh air levels are maintained throughout the building. Unlike most auditoriums, the airflow for the theater is provided from the floor as opposed to the ceiling, creating energy savings and a quieter, more comfortable environment. Special plumbing fixtures promote water conservation, while outside, over-sized green islands in the parking lot collect rain water, control run-off, and provide natural filtration of groundwater.
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Receives Awards for Design and Material
Awards Received as of October 2006
United States Green Building Council LEED Certification
Certificate of Accreditation and Silver LEED Award
American School & University Portfolio
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center received a Specialized Facility Citation in the 2004 American School & University Architectural Portfolio Issue
AIA – Michigan Chapter
2005 Honor Award
AIA – Wisconsin Chapter
2005 Award of Merit
AIA – Grand Valley Chapter
2005 Sustainable Honor Award
2005 Building Honor Award
Michigan Institute of Masonry
2005 Honor Award
Western Michigan Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors
2004 Inaugural Award of Excellence for Green Building
2004 Mechanical Systems Under $10 Million