The Home of Arts & Culture in the US Virgin Islands
“To support programs that preserve and enhance the artistic heritage and cultural foundations of the Virgin Islands, the wider Caribbean and the Americas, and to enrich the cultural and social life of the University of the Virgin Islands and its community…” These words have been at the foundation of Reichhold’s 39 years history; a mission that truly encapsulates the vision of Mr. Henry Reichhold, the philanthropist who dreamt of a venue that would host world class music & arts for the people of the US Virgin Islands. With this vision, the Virgin Islands community has experienced Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celia Cruz, Isaac Hayes, Michael McDonald, Fantasia, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Dance Theater of Harlem, Jimmy Cliff, and many more who have left indelible memories in the minds of our patrons and inspired some to pursue careers in the arts. More specifically the Center has become the epicenter for outreach and education for the youth of the territory, giving them a space in which they can explore and experience unique performances and creative programs. We truly are the pulse of creativity here in the US Virgin Islands, and this is why we exist.
Hurricane Irma & Maria…
On Wednesday, September 6th our lives changed forever as the US Virgin Islands experienced its first Category 5 Storm, Hurricane Irma. 15 hours of terror, with 185 mph sustained winds and 225 mph wind gusts, Irma left our islands and our homes destroyed. Our hope was that our beacon of inspiration, of stone, steel and concrete would make it through the storm. Unfortunately, this was not the case. With the loss of the Center’s roof, specifically the roofing that covers the stage, the rigging, performance equipment, and sprung floor, we lost everything due to the winds and torrential rains that are generated with these massive storms. As if our plight wasn’t already severe, on Tuesday, September 19th the USVI was hit a second time by another Category 5. Hurricane Maria battered what was already a broken and flooded facility with 20 more hours of winds and water.
To rebuild the compound facilities the cost is estimated to be $15 million. Its internal systems and equipment replacement (rigging, sound, lighting, drapery, projection, tools, musical instruments and equipment, etc.) is estimated to be $5 million. For example, listed below are some estimated costs of some areas and systems that will have to be replaced or rebuilt:
- Fly/Rigging System – $600,000
- Lighting System – $500,000
- Sound System – $300,000
- Projection System – $180,000
- Stage Drapes – $90,000
- Scene Shop – $150,000
- Sprung Floor – $300,000
- Musical Instruments, Equipment and Accessories – $550,000
- Video Equipment – $150,000
As the Reichhold still stands, though severely damaged, we must Rebound, Rebuild and Renew.
Help us as we Rebound, Rebuild and Renew our future depends on you, our patrons. To donate click on the BUY button or the link below. Thank You and Happy Holidays!