A 200-seat performance space with movable risers and flexible seating options is part of the new PNC Arts Annex, a 12,000 square foot space divided into a theater, studio and gallery space iin downtown Dayton. The grand opening will be the wekend of Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. LISA POWELL / STAFF

How to be among the first to ‘create art’ in Dayton’s newest arts space

“We built this to be for the community to create art” 

The PNC Arts Annex, Dayton’s new space for art and creativity, will hold a grand opening next weekend. 

The multi-use performance and event space, 10 N. Ludlow Street in downtown Dayton, has a 200-seat theater with movable risers and flexible seating, gallery space and studios for classes and workshops. 

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“Everyone tells us there’s definitely nothing like this in Dayton,” Ty Sutton, president and CEO of the Victoria Theatre Association, said. “We built this to be for the community to create art.” 

The PNC Arts Annex is a 12,000 square foot space divided into a theater, studio and gallery space iin downtown Dayton. The grand opening will be the wekend of Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The annex will host educational programs for youth and adults and national touring artists, Sutton said, but the artistic endeavors will come from the community. 

The space, which will be available for rent, can be used by theater companies, dance groups and video premieres as well as for stage readings of plays, singer songwriters and meetings and receptions. 

“The key is we want it to be a space where people can come up with their own ideas to create art in this community,” Sutton said. 

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Grand opening weekend will feature local artists and professionals in a variety of performances. A staged reading of a new play, a steel drumming workshop, a Funk Unplugged show with music legend Keith Harrison and dance classes are among the events. 

The PNC Arts Annex is a 12,000 square foot space located at 10 N. Ludlow St. in downtown Dayton. LISA POWELL / STAFF

A community open house with self-guided tours is scheduled for Sunday Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. – noon. 

Each event has limited capacity and the public is encouraged to reserve a spot at victoriatheatre.com/arts-annex. Many of the events are free but some have a fee. 

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WANT TO GO? 

WHAT: PNC Arts Annex Grand Opening Weekend 

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to midnight and Saturday Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to midnight. Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Events are scheduled throughout the weekend. Check for specific times. 

WHERE: PNC Arts Annex, 10 N. Ludlow St., Dayton

ADMISSION: Many events are free but some charge a fee. Space is limited so registration is encouraged. 

MORE INFO: A schedule of events can be found at: https://victoriatheatre.com/venues/arts-annex/

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