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Catalyst Radio: Wealthy Theatre energy, beautification, technology upgrades underway

With fundraising now complete for the Wealthy Theatre Sustainability Campaign, construction is now underway for upgrading the historic venue with energy efficiency.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

A community rain garden is a portion of the exterior improvements underway in Wealthy Theatre’s sustainability upgrade.

A community rain garden is a portion of the exterior improvements underway in Wealthy Theatre’s sustainability upgrade.

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A major fundraising project to help make the historic Wealthy Theatre sustainable and energy efficient began in 2011 – the centennial anniversary of the theatre. With the fundraising now done, construction and beautification projects are now underway, with completion of the more energy efficient upgrades to the theatre anticipated for later this summer.

Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre Director Erin Wilson is in the Catalyst Radio studio to tell of campaign made successful through wide community support, and of the facility and technology improvements underway to help make the historic venue a part of Grand Rapids for the future.



Music featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio is from local artist Brian Vander Ark, who staged a recent performance at Wealthy Theatre. The song “Surrender,” is from his 2011 album Magazine.

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