Red Barn Reimagined: Flexible Spaces for theater, student activities, study, community use and outdoor events!Your Gift Matters
The Mitchell College Campus Master Plan has been developed to create alignment between the College’s physical campus and the College’s mission and vision over the next five years. As the first major step, we are proposing to renovate the historic Red Barn, an iconic building that has fallen into disrepair, so that it will become a center of campus activities and an asset that enriches the College and the wider community.
A Flexible Space
The Red Barn will become a vibrant and active student life center that serves many roles. First, modular seating will enable it to be a black box theater to host our flourishing theater program. Secondly, it will provide flexible common space for student life, activities, and study halls adjacent to the existing Campus Center and Michael’s Dairy. Thirdly, it will be an attractive rental space in collaboration with Tim Grills, Director of Mitchell College Food Services. The Barn’s impact will be widely felt.
A Theater with Impact
The Red Barn Theater will have particularly strong educational impact. Many students who attend Mitchell have their first theater experience here, either as a participant or audience member. Students at Mitchell often find that theater helps them develop new abilities and confidence that resonate in their academic work. And beyond the college community, the Red Barn will support the New London community as a venue for Flock Theatre and other theater programs regionally. Closing the circle, Mitchell students will be able to work in various capacities with Flock as part of our integrative learning program.
Join us in Restoring an Icon
We are raising project funds that would enable groundbreaking for the Red Barn Reimagined project to begin shortly. The interior post and beam structure of the Barn is sound; construction will involve a new roof, insulation, siding, flooring, and utilities to code, and the creation of flexible interior spaces for theater, student activities, study, and food services. An operational working group is developing a detailed plan for the interior. The renovation will be “bare-bones,” maintaining the look of the Barn, and true to the building’s origins as a working barn on a dairy farm. The Red Barn offers many opportunities for visionary donors to engage in supporting the project this year and next. The College’s Office of Advancement is available to discuss individual opportunities, including naming opportunities and multiyear gifts.