The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation has created a concept for a new venue, Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park. This will be a larger venue than the current Freeman Stage with the same mission, “partnering to present memorable performances and to provide inspired arts education for all.”
Conceptually, the Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park will be located at the current location of The Cove Bar & Grille.
Space! On average, we welcome over 50,000 patrons each year at The Freeman Stage at Bayside, and to better accommodate their needs and the complex requirements of many performances, we need a larger space that has the best sense of place for the community.
Assuming that all fundraising, planning, and construction efforts go smoothly, we expect this to be at a minimum, a 4-6 year project.
The current concept may cost between $25-$27 million. The Carl M. Freeman Foundation will donate a substantial amount towards construction, but the remaining balance (a majority of the costs) will need to be raised by the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation through a capital campaign.
We will work together with the Developer to build out a timeline that will be respectful of mutual expectation, while keeping a disturbance to the community as minimal as possible.
We have not finalized the programming strategy, but we anticipate the quality of programming to remain at the same level that The Freeman Stage currently presents. Additionally, we may also consider expanded programming to serve the community needs.
The Freeman Stage will remain open during the construction process.
We have not yet programmed the current Freeman Stage space, except that some of this land is envisioned to be included as part of Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park. We visualize it being possibly used as a gathering location for our patrons before, during, and after performance times.
The Coastal Arts Pavilion at Freeman Park is a name that encompasses the type of venue we envision it to be while also continuing the legacy of the Freeman family. The name change lets patrons know the venue is a destination for the arts in the mid-Atlantic region as well as better describes the type of venue they can expect when they attend performances — outdoor, in a coastal town with variety of seating options.