Historic Funding For Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

December 19, 2023

I am proud to announce the State Bonding Commission approved my bonding request in the amount of $900,000 in funds to support the growth of the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center (SMPAC), the second largest outdoor venue in Connecticut. This investment will go toward expanding and improving facilities as well as cultural events. Construction will include adding backstage, storage, office, and rehearsal space, and updating ADA compliance. Public facing permanent restrooms will also be added and extend service to the nearby East Coast Greenway and Rotary Park facilities.
This is a huge win for Simsbury because this unprecedented investment will attract bigger acts, drive economic development, and create additional jobs in our community. The planned expansion will allow the facility to reach its full potential by drawing more diverse, larger scale, and more frequent programming. Area hotels, businesses, event staff, and performers will reap the benefits of the added tourism. 

I am grateful to everyone who championed this project and to Governor Ned Lamont, Speaker of the House Matt Ritter, House Chair of the State Bond Commission Rep. Ron Napoli Jr., and Deputy Director of Policy Zoë Gluck for their work and support in bringing these valuable funds to Simsbury. 

Thank you to Simsbury First Selectman Wendy Mackstutis as well as Simsbury and SMPAC President Jeff Dornenburg for identifying and fighting for priority for Next Act! In addition, I appreciate Senator Lisa Seminara, who worked with me in a bipartisan way to join this request to bring home a huge win for Simsbury’s receipt of these state funds!

The site plan for the project has already passed the Conservation Commission and Design Review Board and will now go before Zoning for an anticipated approval. This shovel project will bring new vitality to Simsbury’s downtown throughout the season.

The Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center will continue to raise funds to close the final gap in funding. If you're someone who has enjoyed events at the Arts Center, and you're excited about what this expansion will bring, you can make a donation through the SMPAC website below.

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