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Since 2002, The New Albany Community Foundation has presented renowned lecturers to the community and to area students. From Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and historians, to a former Secretary of State, a former Prime minister and two United States Presidents, the Foundation remains committed to supporting lifelong learning opportunities in New Albany for adults and students alike.

Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater

With so many vibrant music, theater, ballet and other performance arts groups in New Albany, as well as several community events which would benefit from an outdoor  community venue, the Foundation is leading the effort to build an amphitheater in New Albany. The project moved closer to reality when a respected New Albany family  stepped forward to generously donate $500,000 toward the amphitheater. Thus, the future venue will be called the Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater.  Charles 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 very 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 Chorus, Community Band, dance and ballet groups, as well as the 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, located in close proximity to a health district, education district (learning community campus), environmental district (60-acre nature preserve & wetlands) and a restaurant/retail district. The final location for the amphitheater has not yet been determined. Community planners currently are considering options. Once the location and design has been developed, the Foundation will raise the additional dollars needed to build and amphitheater.


The Jefferson Series
Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s appreciation for lifelong learning and encouraged by the success of its Remarkable Evening lectures, the New Albany Community Foundation established The Jefferson Series – a collection of stimulating forums featuring some of the world’s most compelling and esteemed thinkers of our time. The series debuted on February 5th with a roundtable discussion between oil magnate, philanthropist and energy expert, T. Boone Pickens and Limited Brands founder and philanthropist, Leslie Wexner. The inaugural season will also include Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin on May 20th and United States Senator and Astronaut, John Glenn with his wife, Annie, on June 12th. The Foundation will leverage some of the programs to also present student lectures. Since its inception, the Foundation has hosted dozens of students lectures with renown speakers such as former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Global Health advocate, Dr. Paul Farmer, historians David McCullogh, Walter Isaacson, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Beschloss, James Bradley, Civil Rights leader Clarence Jones, playwright Wendy Wasserstein and novelist John Irving. In most cases, the Foundation donates hundreds of books written by the speakers to students so that participants in the lectures are knowledgeable about the subjects. The lectures are held at the McCoy Center, with about 800 students representing New Albany, as well as core Columbus City high schools, CSG, Columbus Academy, Licking Heights and Johnstown Monroe.


Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts
In 2002, the New Albany Community Foundation approached the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) to inquire if CML would build a library branch in New Albany if the Foundation would donate the book collections and computers. CML had owned property in New Albany for some time, but had not proceeded with building a New Albany Branch Library due to budget constraints. CML responded favorably to the Foundation’s partnership proposal and a fundraising campaign began.

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New Albany Branch Library
In 2002, the Foundation collaborated with the Columbus Metropolitan Library to endow over $1 million for book collections and technology enhancements for the New Albany Branch Library. The success of the Foundation’s Library Fund cleared the way for construction of a new, regional public library. As part of its Library Fund Campaign, the Foundation hosted two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, David McCullough, as a featured guest lecturer. The event was a success. McCullough returned in 2003 to dedicate the library.

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Safety Town
In 2004, a group of mothers in the community approached the Foundation and proposed that a Safety Town Program be established. Safety Town is a day-camp for pre-schoolers designed to teach life skills to promote safety. The program teaches safety life skills in areas such as pedestrian & bike safety, stranger awareness, fire safety, water safety, animal safety and school bus safety. The Foundation convened the New Albany Police Department and the Plain Township Fire Department to design a program.

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