The ballet is a longtime downtown presence, though somewhat invisible in old furniture building space, and few realize it has 420 children enrolled and employs 10 instructors.
A cultural presence is hardly unknown downtown … indeed it is already the center of such pleasures what with the Rome Little Theatre in the old DeSoto movie house, the Rome Symphony Orchestra calling the auditorium inside City Hall its home, and all sorts of small private “artsy” ventures. At the same time, this community’s younger folks are not sufficiently served up music, art and such by the school systems.
There’s plenty of empty space remaining along Broad and its newly-eased parking. Perhaps it is time to turn some of that space into a private-sector “fine-arts academy” with many smaller providers of lessons in piano, drawing, acting, etc. sharing and renting small pieces of a single larger location.
Downtown Rome could do much worse than to add more “culture” as a major business and driver of consumer traffic.