Charles & Charleen Hinson Amphitheater
With so many vibrant music, theater, ballet and other performance arts groups in New Albany, as well as several community events that would benefit from an outdoor community venue, the Foundation is leading the effort to build an outdoor amphitheater in New Albany. The project moved closer to reality when a respected New Albany family generously stepped forward to donate $500,000 toward the amphitheater. Thus, the future venue will be called the Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater.
Charles Hinson was a close friend and associate of Limited Brands founder, Les Wexner. Known as “Doc” Hinson to family and friends, he helped ready Wexner’s first Limited store in Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington in 1963. Mr. Hinson remained with Wexner and Limited Brands until his passing in 2004. His wife, known to friends and family as “Char”, still lives in New Albany, as do their son Alan, his wife Lisa and their children, Connor & Avery.
The Hinson family is excited about the many enriching opportunities the amphitheater will bring to New Albany and the surrounding community. It undoubtedly would host resident arts groups, such as the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, New Albany Community Chorus, Community Band, dance and ballet groups, as well as many student/school groups. Additionally, the amphitheater could host central Ohio organizations such as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, CATCO and more. And finally, the amphitheater could host national and international performers, complimenting the outstanding programming offered at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.
The Foundation is working with the McCoy Center and CAPA to develop a plan for the future, including summer programming. Concepts include hosting festivals in which programming could occur in multiple venues concurrently, i.e. a Shakespeare Festival, Music Festival or perhaps a Film Festival.
The Foundation envisions a cultural district, situated in close proximity to the Rose Run Park. The City of New Albany has developed an exciting plan for the Rose Run Corridor that would provide a strong connection between the school campus, cultural district and the Market Street district. The master plan also links these to the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, the “learning community (school) campus,” the environmental district (60-acre nature preserve & wetlands) and a restaurant/retail district.