The original dream of DCA, manifested through the efforts of many, has made Door County a better, stronger, richer place. And now, after 30 seasons of being a conduit for magic, community dialogue, learning, and cultural exploration, we are expanding. With community support, DCA purchased the neighboring property, formerly known as Fish Creek Grill/Carlos Banditos.
The property will eventually provide a home for:
• Pre- and post-event receptions
• Expanded accessible parking and restrooms
• Business offices
• A full catering kitchen for improved artist hospitality
• Indoor and outdoor performance spaces for small-scale events
• Music lessons for instrumental instruction not offered in the schools
Located directly across Highway 42 from DCA and the southern edge of Gibraltar Schools’ campus, the recent installation of sidewalks, lighting, and an ADA compliant crosswalk complete with flashing lights and median has greatly improved passage between the two properties. The acquisition protects DCA’s business interests and preserves this corner of Fish Creek which includes DCA, Gibraltar Schools, Peninsula School of Art, Peninsula State Park, and the YMCA as a vibrant hub for arts, education, and health.
As it has for 30 years, presenting high-quality national touring acts and diverse cultural programming yearround on the DCA Main Stage—in partnership with the community and Gibraltar Schools—will continue to be at the heart of our mission. This acquisition will expand our organizational capacity and improve the audience, student, donor, and artist experience, putting us in a stronger position for the next several decades.
While plans for exactly what the space will look like, who will lead construction efforts, and the timeline are still unfolding, the space we envision will be for our community’s benefit for years to come. We invite you to join us as we embark on the second phase of this journey: collecting community feedback and gathering more financial support. Please offer your own ideas at DCAuditorium.org/expansion.
We are looking for donors at every level to help this dream take shape. We have naming opportunities for folks who support the project financially.