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Imagine 2025: Share the Vision

Sep 23 , 2014 · BOOTH PLAYHOUSE at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$25. The ticket price includes a box lunch from Aria.

Presented by: Arts & Science Council

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Imagine 2025: Share the Vision

Sep 23 , 2014 · BOOTH PLAYHOUSE at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$25. The ticket price includes a box lunch from Aria.

Presented by: Arts & Science Council

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) will present Imagine 2025: Share the Vision, a creative and interactive arts event, featuring speakers in field of art, education, data, energy, design and health services. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (130 N. Tryon St.). Tickets are $25 and go on sale Aug. 1 at The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

The event will feature presentations about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the cultural sector, performances to inspire members of the community and debate on how to support the cultural sector and its future. ASC will also release the results of the community’s cultural vision plan, Imagine 2025: A Vision for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s 21st Century Cultural Development – a vison for how the cultural sector can contribute to the community’s vitality through building community, quality pre-K-12 education, lifelong learning, and program relevance and innovation.

Presenters include national leaders Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation vice president for arts, and Aaron Dworkin, founder, Sphinx Organization and member of President Obama’s National Council on the Arts. More than eight additional speakers, including Dr. Jean Wright, chief innovation officer, Carolinas HealthCare System; Shaun Cassidy, associate professor of fine arts, Winthrop University; and Michael Ford, owner, Upstage NoDa, will share their perspectives on arts and culture. A performance by the 2014 ASC McColl Award winner Carlos Cruz will take place along with additional performances by local artists.

The event will be co-hosted by national radio host Sheri Lynch and Ryan Deal, local artist and associate vice president, ASC.


The ticket price includes a box lunch from Aria.

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Parking and Directions

A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
Bank of America Center Parking Garage
Enter on Trade or 5th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets. 

The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.

Getting and Using Your Parking Pass When You Arrive

  1. Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
  2. Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*

When You Exit

  1. Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
  2. Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
  3. Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”

*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.

CLICK HERE to Purchase your Parking Exit Pass in Advance

The Booth Playhouse is located on the upper level of Founders Hall.  Take the Bank of America Center Parking Garage elevator to the 6th level.  Go through the Bank of America Center and cross the overstreet walkway into Founders Hall.  The Booth Playhouse will be on your immediate right.

CLICK HERE for parking information for Spirit Square events. (McGlohon Theater, Duke Energy Theater)

CLICK HERE for parking information for Knight Theater events.


Advance reservations for Patron Assistance are encouraged to ensure the best possible experience!

  • Assistive listening systems available
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wheelchair seating

Wheelchair access
All of our theaters and classrooms are accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs. Most restrooms and water fountains in all facilities are wheelchair accessible, and restrooms are equipped with strobe-light as well as audio alarm systems.

Entry and exit assistance
For performances in the Booth Playhouse, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the corner of 5th and College Streets.


Audio Description
Certain performances will be audio described for the blind or visually impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances upon request. Audio description provides an on-going oral description of the action, sets and costumes during the performance. Each participant wears a headset, and no other patrons are able to hear the descriptions.

Large Print Programs
Large print programs are available for patrons at many performances. At the Booth Playhouse, simply ask any usher for assistance.

Service Animals
If you or someone in your party plans to attend an event with a service animal, please inform the Box Office when purchasing your tickets so that we may arrange for an aisle seat.


Certain performances at the Performing Arts Center will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances as requested.

Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening equipment is available free of charge for all amplified performances. Please see an usher for assistance