BAYarts revs up for 75th year!

The Irene Fuller House was moved from Lake Road to the BAYarts campus via barge on Lake Erie in August 1984.

BAYarts will kick off 2023 with a lot to celebrate! Founded in 1948, BAYarts plans to stick around for a whole lot longer thanks to strong community support of three great projects happening now.

Phase 2 of the restoration of the former playhouse is underway with the piece de resistance! The auditorium's long overdue makeover, transforming it into a 2,000-square-foot education/event/performance center, opening in the fall.

The Irene Lawrence Fuller House (aka the house that floated on a barge to its current location in 1984) is 130 years old! As the heart and soul of BAYarts, the beloved "Fuller House" has been the home to hundreds of events, concerts, exhibitions, weddings and more and is in need of some TLC. Plans include exterior painting, lighting and other building repair. All of these projects are made possible by the generosity of the BAYarts community, local businesses and foundations.

Last but not least: BAYarts' Sensory Garden will be the first of its kind on the west shore, an innovative outdoor classroom and community space that focuses on the senses: smell, sound, touch, taste – and be accessible to all. Installation begins in spring 2023.

Festivities are planned throughout the year for this landmark year, culminating in MOONDANCE75! on Sept. 9. Check out more details about these projects, donating and naming rights at

Lookin’ good, BAYarts!

Nancy Heaton

Nancy Heaton is the Executive Director of BAYarts

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Volume 14, Issue 22, Posted 10:10 AM, 11.15.2022