Henegar Center Capital Campaign Will Finance Improvements

By  //  March 2, 2015

facility is 493 seat proscenium-style theater

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The Henegar Center has begun a very exciting Capital Campaign. They have outgrown their current facility for both set and costume construction. (The Henegar Center image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Henegar Center has begun a capital campaign and also applied for a Florida state capital facilities grant to help with the construction costs of a 5,000 square foot set and costume design workshop to be built in the rear of the current building.


The total cost of the project is $500,000.

Through the Florida state grant program, the Henegar Center will need to provide a dollar for dollar match, in the amount of $250,000.

The Henegar Center has received support from the City of Melbourne for $120,000, from the Brevard County Tourist Development Council for $50,000, and from Henegar Board Members and community supporters for $30,000.

The Henegar Center will need to raise $50,000 to qualify for the matching grant.

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The Henegar Center capital campaign will engage patrons, friends and community supporters to help achieve the goal by the end of 2015.


At the heart of the Center is a 493 seat proscenium-style theater designed by a Tony Award-winning Broadway set designer.

The stage features a main stage curtain from the original Broadway production of The King and I, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems for the highest quality productions.

The Henegar Center was born from the vision of a dedicated group of community leaders.

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As the deterioration of two historical buildings in downtown Melbourne became increasingly apparent, a small group formed the Brevard Regional Arts Group (BRAG) to revive the treasured landmarks.

The buildings, formerly public schools, were donated by the Brevard County School System to BRAG for transformation into cultural arts facilities.

The Henegar Center for the Arts was thus born, named for Ruth Henegar, beloved principal for whom the original middle school was named in 1963.