VISIT THE MCCOY

Physical Address

100 West Dublin Granville Road

New Albany, OH 43054

IMPORTANT: Include "New Albany" when entering this address into your map system.

Driving Directions

 

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  • From the North

    (Westerville, Polaris, Powell, Delaware)

     

    ~Drive south toward the northern loop of I-270

    ~Take I-270 east toward New Albany

    ~Take Exit 30 to merge onto OH-161 heading east toward New Albany

    ~Take the New Albany Road exit

    ~At the top of the ramp at the signal light, turn right onto New Albany Road

    ~At the end of the road, turn left onto Fodor Road

    ~Continue on Fodor Road, go past the stop sign and be prepared to move into the turn left at the next signal light

    ~At the signal light, turn left onto Dublin Granville Road

    ~Less than .5 mile down the road, the entrance to the McCoy Center for the Arts will be on your left. Look for an octagonal brick building with white windows that face the street

    ~Parking lots surround the McCoy Center

     

  • From the Northwest

    (Dublin, Worthington, Marysville, Hilliard)

     

    ~Drive toward the northern loop of I-270

    ~Take I-270 east toward New Albany

    ~Take Exit 30 to merge onto OH-161 heading east toward New Albany

    ~Take the New Albany Road exit

    ~At the top of the ramp at the signal light, turn right onto New Albany Road

    ~At the end of the road, turn left onto Fodor Road

    ~Continue on Fodor Road, go past the stop sign and be prepared to move into the turn left at the next signal light

    ~At the signal light, turn left onto Dublin Granville Road

    ~Less than .5 mile down the road, the entrance to the McCoy Center for the Arts will be on your left. Look for an octagonal brick building with white windows that face the street

    ~Parking lots surround the McCoy Center

  • From the Southwest

    (Cincinnati, Jeffersonville, Grove City)

     

    ~Head east on I-71 toward Columbus

    ~Take exit 109B to merge onto I-670 heading northeast toward the Columbus Airport

    ~Exit onto US-62 heading east toward Gahanna

    ~Turn left at the signal light in Gahanna village onto Mill Street

    ~Stay on US-62, which changes name to Johnstown Road, heading toward New Albany

    ~At the one and only traffic circle you encounter, take the second exit and stay on US-62 heading toward New Albany

    ~Once in the Village of New Albany, travel past the Post Office and turn left at the next signal light onto Dublin Granville Road

    ~The entrance of the McCoy Center for the Arts will be immediately on your right. Look for an octagonal brick building with white windows that face the street

    ~Parking lots surround the McCoy Center

     

  • From the East

    (Granville, Newark, Zanesville)

     

    ~Drive west on OH-161

    ~Take the US-62 exit toward Johnstown & New Albany

    ~At the end of the ramp, turn left at the signal light onto Johnstown Road/Main Street heading toward New Albany

    ~At the third signal light, turn right onto Dublin Granville Road

    ~The entrance of the McCoy Center for the Arts will be immediately on your right. Look for an octagonal brick building with white windows that face the street

    ~Parking lots surround the McCoy Center

  • From Downtown Columbus

    ~Take I-670 heading northeast toward the Columbus Airport

    ~Exit onto US-62 heading east toward Gahanna

    ~Turn left at the signal light in Gahanna village onto Mill Street

    ~Stay on US-62, which changes name to Johnstown Road, heading toward New Albany

    ~At the one and only traffic circle you encounter, take the second exit and stay on US-62 heading toward New Albany

    ~Once in the Village of New Albany, travel past the Post Office and turn left at the next signal light onto Dublin Granville Road

    ~The entrance of the McCoy Center for the Arts will be immediately on your right. Look for an octagonal brick building with white windows that face the street

    ~Parking lots surround the McCoy Center

  • From the West

    (Springfield, London, West Jefferson, Lincoln Village)

     

    ~Head east on I-70 toward Columbus

    ~Merge onto I-670 heading northeast toward the Columbus Airport

    ~Exit onto US-62 heading east toward Gahanna

    ~Turn left at the signal light in Gahanna village onto Mill Street

    ~Stay on US-62, which changes name to Johnstown Road, heading toward New Albany

    ~At the one and only traffic circle you encounter, take the second exit and stay on US-62 heading toward New Albany

    ~Once in the Village of New Albany, travel past the Post Office and turn left at the next signal light onto Dublin Granville Road

    ~The entrance of the McCoy Center for the Arts will be immediately on your right. Look for an octagonal brick building with white windows that face the street

    ~Parking lots surround the McCoy Center

  • From the South

    (Circleville, Pickerington, Canal Winchester, Lancaster)

     

    ~Drive north toward the southern loop of I-270

    ~Take I-270 east

    ~Exit onto US-62 heading east toward Gahanna

    ~Turn left at the signal light in Gahanna village onto Mill Street

    ~Stay on US-62, which changes name to Johnstown Road, heading toward New Albany

    ~At the one and only traffic circle you encounter, take the second exit and stay on US-62 heading toward New Albany

    ~Once in the Village of New Albany, travel past the Post Office and turn left at the next signal light onto Dublin Granville Road

    ~The entrance of the McCoy Center for the Arts will be immediately on your right. Look for an octagonal brick building with white windows that face the street

    ~Parking lots surround the McCoy Center

  • Parking

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ABOUT THE MCCOY

Vision

As part of New Albany's core value of lifelong learning, community leaders were inspired by a shared vision:

 

To provide opportunities for students in the school district to participate in and be exposed to arts education as a basic component of a comprehensive public school education.

To provide opportunities for community members to have access to enriching educational and cultural programming.

Now, through a unique collaboration of both public and private entities, this vision has been realized.

 

The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts fosters an appreciation of arts and culture by providing lifelong opportunities through education, exposure and participation.

  • Collaboration

    When early discussions about an "Endowed Programs in the Arts" began, it was noted that the high school auditorium was planned to seat 750 and include classroom spaces. With a limited construction budget, however, the facility would be a modest, cinder block building with average acoustics at best and few upgrades in terms of equipment, rehearsal spaces or performance capabilities.

     

    In considering whether or not a lecture series and master classes featuring renowned intellectuals, artists and leaders could be supported through private endowments, several questions surfaced:

     

         ~Could this auditorium serve as venue for guest lecturers and
               artists in addition to serving as a school facility?

     

         ~Could these lectures and "artist in residence" visits enrich the
               school curriculum for all students?

     

         ~Could this auditorium serve community uses as well as
               school uses?

     

         ~Could private money be raised to enhance the quality of
               the facility?

     

    Concurrent to these discussions, varying levels of discussion had occurred with Village of New Albany and Plain Township officials regarding a future "community center" or "senior center" being built to accommodate community needs and uses.

     

    Through joint discussions initiated by the Superintendent of the School District and convened by the New Albany Community Foundation, it seemed logical to community leaders that perhaps the school district, the village, the township and the private sector could leverage resources and build one, higher quality facility that could serve both school and community needs. At the very least, the potential benefit and savings to the community merited some investigation and research to determine if such collaboration were feasible.

  • Stakeholders

  • Need

    While the idea of bringing guest lecturers and artists to New Albany to share their life paths, inspirations, talents and work with students and residents had merit, no venue existed that could accommodate a large audience. The New Albany School District had always planned to have an auditorium, but one had never been built. The original high school plan in the early 1990's included an auditorium, but a failed merger between the village and township and the resulting legal uncertainties delayed the high school construction. When construction resumed, the bond market and construction market had changed and cuts were required. As a result, the auditorium was not funded or built. The school continued to use a small, 125-seat mini-theatre. However, no venue existed to hold medium or large-sized events.

     

    In 2001, the school district's Facilities Committee, a group of approximately 40 residents and school representatives, met for the better part of a year leading up to a 2001 ballot issue to make recommendations to the School Board on capital or building needs. The meetings were held in a public forum. The Facilities Committee recommended four capital needs to the board. They included a K-1 Elementary School, a High School expansion, athletic improvements including the football stadium, and a performance auditorium.

     

    Based on the facilities committee's recommendation and community input, the board approved placing a $38 million bond issue on the November ballot. That year, after a very lengthy, public process involving resident committees, school administrators and the Board of Education in which those four components were promised, the bond issue was approved by the community.

  • Funding

    Funding for the facility:

     

         ~$5 million from New Albany-Plain Local School District (from the 2001 bond issue approved by the community that included a performance auditorium, unanimously approved by the Board of Education);

         ~$5 million from the Village of New Albany (from tax increment financing, which means no tax increase to village residents and no money being diverted from the school district or Plain Township Fire Department, unanimously approved by the Village Council);

         ~$3 million from Plain Township (through the TIF, unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees);

         ~$2 million from the New Albany Community Foundation (from private donors to fund add alternates such as the north teaching building, equipment and enhancements, unanimously approved by the Foundation Board of Trustees).

         ~In addition, The New Albany Company made a generous land donation of approximately 4 acres valued at $1.5 million at the corner of Dublin-Granville Road & Main Street, contiguous to the Learning Community Campus.

  • Design

    The arts center is 35,000 square feet and includes:

     

    ~786-seat auditorium

    ~Partial fly loft

    ~Lobby

    ~Black box rehearsal studio

    ~Dance studio

    ~Scene shop

    ~Classrooms

     

    The facility is designed by Cleveland architectural firm, Westlake, Reed & Leskowsky. The building's acoustical properties are designed by Jaffe Holden Acoustics. Both firms are recognized nationally for their expertise in designing theatres and auditoriums.

     

    The design of the building has been carefully scaled and articulated to strengthen and preserve existing campus and community scales and patterns. Like most of the existing campus and civic buildings found in New Albany, the main octagon-shaped theatre (audience chamber) and stage house are brick masonry volumes.

     

    Stage and performance support spaces as well as an educational classroom are designed within two volumes clad in white clapboard and wood panels, which relate to the school's Administration Building to the north and are more residential in scale.  The Rehearsal Room volume is positioned on the orthogonal geometry of the existing campus buildings and serves as an anchor or terminus, linking the existing school buildings and student circulation to the facility.

     

    The orientation and massing of the transparent elliptical-shaped Lobby links these distinct programming spaces on one level and provides natural light throughout the day with views out to the surrounding landscape.  At night, the lobby becomes a glowing beacon and living room for the community, used for gathering, performances and special events

     

    The main formal entrance is from the west side, where several existing mature trees have been preserved and define the outdoor terrace and entry portico that will be used as an outdoor gathering space before and after an event.  This West Dependency includes an entry vestibule, box office and concessions area. There is also a second entrance from the north, which will be used on a daily basis by students and will serve as the front door to the school campus.  The East Dependency includes Lobby support space as well as the main Restrooms for the facility.

     

    The acoustical requirements for the room were critical, particularly for the students.  The theatre has been designed as a multi-use facility for music, dance and theatre.  Each of these art forms required their own special natural acoustic environments and so, the theatre has been designed with the ability to vary the acoustic environment for each of these presentations.

     

    The octagon plan was inspired by earlier theatre precedents and is a characteristic form of the American "Opera House" of the period just after the end of the Civil War.  The surviving 19th century theatres with this type of plan have a nice balance between formality and playfulness, and so it's a pleasant, intimate shape for the type of community facility envisioned for New Albany.

     

    In order to provide outstanding natural musical acoustic results, the perimeter walls of the theatre have been designed and will be constructed of a hard, dense terra cotta clay tile, which has a deep red appearance.  Maple wood will be used throughout the interior to accent several important elements in the room, which will provide a sense of warmth and intimacy.

  • Phelps House

    Rollin and Nancy Clouse Phelps purchased this lot and 4 adjacent ones in 1855, 3 days before their wedding. Rollin Phelps was a currier (a person who works with leather) and he established his tannery just south of this building, on the corner of Main Street and Dublin Granville Road, shortly after the purchase. He and his wife built this home between 1856 and 1868, and continued to live here until 1882.

     

    After the Phelps family owned the house, it was owned by the Frederick Swickard family and the Harry Taylor family, among others. The Swickards and Taylors were long-time residents of New Albany/Plain Township. Many of their descendants are still in the area.

     

    Just after World War II, when the country was concerned with nuclear attacks on the U.S., an owner of the property built a bomb shelter in the basement of the Phelps House. According to Arloia Walton, a long-time resident, the residents of the village of New Albany, which totaled only a few hundred people at the time, were told they could gather in the basement in case of nuclear attack. Even as late as the 1990′s the house had a small yellow and black sign attached to the exterior wall, indicating it was a part of the area's nuclear defense system. Parts of the bomb shelter still remain. Since it is a relatively small room, one wonders how many people could have actually gathered there at one time.

     

    In 1982, the property was purchased by Mark and Karen Zarley as an investment. The Zarleys divided the house into 3 small apartments. They eventually sold the property to John J. Vlahos, a real estate developer. During his ownership, the property remained vacant, weeds surrounded the home and it became the victim of vandalism. Interior walls were spray painted with graffiti and many of the perpetrators even signed their names on the walls! After every window pane was broken out and much other interior damage took place, Mr. Vlahos put plywood boards over the windows to secure it.

     

    In the 1990′s Mr. Vlahos first proposed building a McDonald's Restaurant on the property. When his request was denied, he approached the Village for permission to put a CVS pharmacy on the spot in the late 1990′s. Shortly thereafter, the New Albany Company purchased the property from Mr. Vlahos and persuaded the CVS to locate its store on Main Street, near the intersection of a new street the New Albany Company was building at the time called Market Street.

     

    In 2005 and 2006 many local residents wanted the school district to build an auditorium for school events. Some residents also saw an opportunity to build a better building which would serve both as a high school auditorium, a community center and performing arts center. Representatives of the school district, village, township and the New Albany Community Foundation met to explore the idea and search for a location which would be on the school campus, but also be in the Village Center.

     

    In 2006, Leslie and Abigail Wexner and the New Albany Company generously donated part of the land to the McCoy Community Center for the Arts, and donated this house and the remaining land to the Village of New Albany.

     

    As the Arts Center was designed, the community stakeholders determined that the auditorium and classroom spaces should be prioritized over building office spaces. As a result, only a few small offices were constructed in the Arts Center building and they are used primarily for school purposes. As the Arts Center Board began interviewing for a Director to serve the community's interests, the Village of New Albany offered to give the Director and his staff temporary space in Village Hall until additional space could be found.

     

    In 2009, the Village of New Albany, with significant financial assistance from David and Ellen Ryan, restored the house for use as offices for the staff of the McCoy Center.

Mission

To inspire and enrich lives, this center of artistic excellence fosters lifelong learning opportunities and an appreciation of the arts and culture through education, entertainment, participation, and collaboration.

The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts recently culminated its most dynamic season since debuting in 2008. Gracing the Irving E. Schottenstein Theatre stage were programs as diverse as author Jeannette Walls, the legendary Fisk Jubilee Singers and jazz impresario Chris Botti. These programs, together with the many school and other functions hosted at the McCoy Center, have drawn more than 100,000 people to the arts center since its opening, allowing the center to fulfill its mission of fostering an appreciation of the arts and culture by providing life-long learning opportunities through education, exposure and participation.

 

The McCoy Center, which was made possible through a partnership between the New Albany Community Foundation, Village of New Albany, Plain Township and the New Albany-Plain Local School District, has also developed unique partnerships with many organizations outside of New Albany. In the past year alone, Columbus Children's Theatre, Columbus City Schools, The King Arts Complex, Storytellers of Central Ohio, TransitArts and WOSU have all enriched New Albany through partnerships and enhanced or benefited from programming presented at the McCoy Center.

 

As the anchor to the New Albany Learning Community campus, the McCoy Center will continue to serve New Albany students, providing an exciting environment in which to explore and learn from the arts, accentuated by exposure to professional artists whose appearance has been funded by the many generous corporate and individual sponsors from our community.

 

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CONTACT THE MCCOY

Mailing Address

Physical Address

Administrative Office

CAPA Ticket Center

PO Box 508

New Albany, OH 43054

100 W. Dublin-Granville Road

New Albany, OH 43054
     IMPORTANT: Include "New Albany" when entering this address into your map system.

30 W. Main Street

New Albany, OH 43054
     614.245.4701

39 E. State Street

Columbus, OH 43215

614.469.0939

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Governance & Administration

Governance

 

The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2007 by a unique Joint Operating Agreement between the New Albany Community Foundation, the City of New Albany, Plain Township and the New Albany - Plain Local School District - all Stakeholders of the McCoy. The Joint Operating Agreement also establishes ownership of the venue and land, and addresses how the McCoy Center for the Arts is governed, managed, and maintained.

 

Each of the Stakeholder organizations appoint three members to the McCoy Center Governing Board, and the board self-appoints an additional three members for a total of fifteen members. The Governing Board oversees use of the building, and produces and promotes all professional programming through a professional staff.

 

Board of Directors

 

Christy Arenschield, Community Volunteer

 

Jill Beckett-Hill, Realty Executives Decision (Chair)

 

Lynnda Davis, Community Volunteer

 

Michael Sawyers, New Albany Plain Local School District

 

Bill Ebbing, New Albany Company

 

Everett Gallagher, Abercrombie & Fitch

 

Amy Hauk, Bath & Body Works

 

Thomas W. Hill, Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter (Chair)

 

David Martin, Stewart Title Company

 

Chad Palmer, Deloitte & Touche LLP (Treasurer)

 

Lewis R. Smoot, Jr., Smoot Corporation

 

Linda Taylor, Community Volunteer (Secretary)

 

Jennie Wilson, MGF Sourcing (Vice Chair)

 

Patty Woo, Wells Fargo

 

 

 

 

 

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

614.245.4701

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PO Box 508

New Albany, OH 43054

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614.469.0939

 

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