Red Barn Reimagined: Flexible Spaces for theater, student activities, study, community use and outdoor events!Your Gift Matters
Join us—and our many enthusiastic contributors—in reimagining the iconic Red Barn that has welcomed Mitchell students for decades. Rebuilding the Red Barn into a place to gather, learn, create, and celebrate inspired generous gifts from so many. And we hope it will inspire you!
When the architects of the Campus Master Plan suggested a new use for the barn, community sentiment, particularly from students, was that the rebuilding the barn had to be the first project. The expansive barn and the simplicity of its structure offer a place that is flexible and fun. Spaces of different sizes can expand to the outdoors and accommodate catering by our outstanding dining services. A space designed to draw people together aligns with the College’s core mission for its students and its role in building community in New London.
Mitchell College very intentionally creates opportunities for students to grow and discover potential they may not have seen in themselves. A rich college experience that integrates academics, career development and extracurricular activities is the key to that growth. The Red Barn creates space to make that happen.
A few examples…
Mitchell College Drama Society
The Red Barn, transformed into a black box theater, will house our thriving program. Students, who came into Mitchell shy, have found their voice through musicals and plays or joined the crew backstage to create the magic. Community members join in or attend productions. The Flock Theatre, a community partner in Integrative Career Development, involves Mitchell students in their productions and brings productions to campus from their repertoire of Shakespeare, plays, and festivals. Flock directors and actors instruct in Mitchell courses.
College and Community Events
Events held in the rustic charm of the Red Barn bring together the College community and provide real-world experience for our students. Hospitality and Tourism students learn hands-on as they practice event planning, reception, and food service skills. Behavioral Science students host a self-esteem workshop. Early Childhood Education majors have space to study movement with area students.
Join us in Reimagining an Icon
Our ambitious goal to fund the project in under a year was met by the generosity of equally ambitious donors. We are within $150,000 of our project goal of $1 million but still need your support. The Red Barn will be re-created with new materials in its original form and character while the interior will include a catering area, reconfigurable spaces and amenities to host events. The Red Barn offers many opportunities for visionary donors to engage in supporting the project, with naming opportunities still available. The College’s Office of Advancement is available to discuss individual opportunities, including naming opportunities and multiyear gifts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-701-5092.
You will find people really want you to succeed here and pull you in to get involved.