Building blocks of Chester arts

The Village Green will be wired to crank out support for the arts in Chester with “Bricks and Mortar” Saturday, May 14, a benefit concert event with the goal of meeting a costly budget for construction, the bricks and mortar, of the Cultural Arts Center in Chester. Hosted by the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation, “Bricks and Mortar” will feature local bands and the promising pop-punk ensemble, Safety Word Orange.

For almost thirty years now, Chesterfield citizens and patrons of the arts have campaigned to establish an arts center in the county. What was once merely an idea became a strong possibility in the eyes of many since the founding of the Chesterfield Center for Arts Foundation in 2003 to build a cultural center adjacent to the Chester library.

Originally proposed as a new library and arts complex, the project was split in two with the main goal being the financing of the required land for both and only building the library. With the first phase complete, the community is now ambitiously reaching out and doing everything in its power to bring awareness to their cause and raise the money.

“We started last year with the idea of a concert specifically benefiting the foundation,” said organizer Rebecca Adams.

The “music festival” will consist of four local bands recruited from across the county, playing everything from classic-rock to alternative to metal, all leading up to the headlining band, Safety Word Orange. Organizers went to different high schools and even set up a competition for 21-and-under bands in the county to play at the event.

On top of promoting the foundation, Adams said the concert was a way to provide local and up-and-coming groups to “open for a well-established band like Safety Word Orange.”

Kicking off at 3 p.m., “Bricks and Mortar” will last until 7 p.m. that night with Warped Tour alumni Safety Word Orange closing the all-ages event. Tickets will be $7 at the door with all proceeds going to the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation. And remember, it’s a non-profit organization. All donations are a write-off.

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