Our vision for renovating the John L. Johnson Auditorium will benefit current and future residents of Napoleon and surrounding communities. We hope you will share this information with everyone who loves our community.
The JLS Auditorium is the last and only dedicated performing arts venue in the county. While every school district has created their gymnatorium or cafetorium no one has created a dedicated performing arts facility in this county. The school structures are at best sufficient, but none has been able to match what this auditorium was built to offer.
Saving a building for $3 million as compared to building a new one for $25 million is a prudent use of our community’s resources.
The facility will include performing arts, athletics, adult classes, offices, businesses as well as private lessons, restaurant and grocery. It's not just for people passionate about the arts!
This project will deliver an economic shot in the arm in many ways. Current businesses experience increased traffic, prospective businesses see a great quality of life for their employees and young adults contemplating where to raise a family envision a bright future here. Everyone contributing directly to our local economy. The project will be a centerpiece to an arts and community economic area.
Many people discount the number of people brought into Napoleon because of the arts. It is more valuable as an arts and multi-purpose venue than as a combination housing and commercial area. It offers something different than any other commercial zone in the area. It is capable of creating community synergy.
The old school location is outstanding. It is in the historic district of Napoleon, within walking distance of downtown as well as the river and various walking paths.
Following the depression, Works Progress Administration (WPA) jobs like building this facility put many people back to work. These were well designed and constructed buildings and should be salvaged and renovated so they can continue to give back to our community. The WPA architectural period is of historical significance to this area.
This project is good from an environmental standpoint: keep the space green rather than tearing it down and dumping it in a landfill. Salvage what already exists. Revitalize it with a fraction of the cost and maintain the spirit and soul of an old building filled with memories of people who have gone before us (even if they are still with us).
Historical building with many memories and stories from community members. There are many personal and emotional attachments to this building. Hundreds of residents used this stage for band and choir concerts, theatrical events, and general assemblies and programs. Revitalize it with a fraction of the cost and maintain the spirit and soul of an old building filled with memories from many people in our community.