ATLANTIC CITY — The future of Atlantic City’s Dante Hall of the Performing Arts was shrouded in mystery for quite some time, but on Thursday, June 9, it was announced that the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s non-profit corporation — Stockton Affiliated Services, Inc. (SASI) — and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church of Atlantic City reached a lease agreement on June 8, enabling the college to utilize the historic facility.
The agreement, signed by SASI and St. Michael’s, goes into effect immediately and will run through May 2014. According to a release, the college, area civic and business leaders see the agreement as a first step in developing an arts district in Atlantic City.
“Stockton is delighted to have played a role in helping to re-establish Dante Hall as a crown jewel for an arts district in Atlantic City,” says Stockton president Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. in the release. “This is the type of public-private-community engagement partnership that will benefit our students, the region and its people. I look forward to the college providing its internal resources, support and knowledge of the performing arts to help Dante Hall thrive.”
The lease agreement is $100 per month or $1,200 annually. SASI, a New Jersey non-profit corporation, will administer the building including scheduling, programming and marketing. It will also provide outreach to community groups wishing to utilize Dante Hall.