If you are familiar with downtown Lynn, you certainly know all about Arts After Hours. For those of you new to the scene, Arts After Hours is a nonprofit co-founded in 2010 by three Lynn residents who shared a deep interest in utilizing their expertise in live music, theater, and visual art to increase Downtown Lynn’s economic vitality. By putting on high quality, reasonably priced performances, the theater company is able to attract scores of people into downtown Lynn, thereby increasing sales and patronage of the local businesses. In fact, by their second season, AAH quadrupled its audience bringing over 1500 people into downtown Lynn! They are a very important piece of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, proving once again that a robust arts scene can and does play a vital role (no pun intended!) in revitalizing an area through increased economic opportunities, otherwise known as the creative economy.
Arts After Hours is kicking off its 2014 schedule by putting on the hilarious modern musical Avenue Q. The play focuses on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues and themes, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
In an unbelievable show of collaboration and support, Arts After Hours is donating $5 per ticket to Lynn area nonprofits, Centerboard included, when the proper promo code is used when buying tickets to any of the performances. There is also a special collection during the show for the “School of Monsters”. The production will also donate these proceeds to a different nonprofit every night!!
Centerboard’s designated performance to receive the “School of Monster” collection is Sunday, March 9th at 3pm. When you buy tickets, again for any performance, use the promo code “CENTERBOARD” to ensure that the $5 donation per ticket will be used to support our very own arts program.
The individuals, groups and agencies that are all working hard to improve downtown Lynn have made great strides over the last several years. The results of this hard work are ever more apparent with each passing month. So, put aside your pre-conceived notions, make your way into downtown and enjoy a tremendous night out at the theater! Buy your tickets HERE.