The 70-seat Fonseca Theatre building opened in October 2019 at 2508 W. Michigan St., but the physical part of Bryan Fonseca’s vision was only partially completed when he died earlier this year. Renovating the building next door into a civic engagement center will round out his mission to have space for classes, meetings, forums, the River West Coffee Shop and free Wi-Fi for everyone. Both buildings, which together are called the Basile Cultural Center, are centrally located among the Haughville, Hawthorne, Stringtown and We Care neighborhoods just west of the White River that the company serves. To realize the vision, the theater has launched the Bryan Fonseca Legacy Fund Campaign to raise $500,000 to renovate the second building. Leaders would like to have enough by the fall of 2021 to begin construction. So far, arts donors Frank and Katrina Basile have contributed $50,000. Those who wish to contribute can visit fonsecatheatre.org.
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