A component fund of the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

The Lebanon Opera House

Throughout its colorful history - from meeting house, to movie house, to the active, year-round, fully renovated performing arts facility it is today - Lebanon Opera House has come a long way in 83 years. The Opera House’s recent renovations have been a catalyst for community economic development, leading a renaissance of Lebanon’s downtown. In the wake of significant post-renovation organizational growth, LOH’s mission statement was revised during its second strategic planning process in 2006-07 to more adequately reflect the organization’s broader purpose and business:

A cultural center for the Upper Valley region, Lebanon Opera House:

  • presents live performances that inspire, educate and entertain,
  • broadens cultural horizons by spotlighting a diversity of local, national, and international artists,
  • encourages community participation in the arts, and
  • stewards a special gathering place for community and school use that will engender future arts patrons and participants.
Grants Awarded: 

2010 -  The Children's Fund is the leading sponsors of the Lebanon School District's use of Lebanon Opera House. As the community's primary auditorium, almost every student in the Lebanon School District has either participated in or attended a school play, concert, awards ceremony or assembly at Lebanon Opera House. This year alone, over 1,700 students will come to Lebanon Opera House for a school event. "The students of Lebanon Schools gain a great deal from this invaluable resource," says Dianne Estes, School and Community Relations Director, Lebanon School District. "Their excitement in watching professionals perform live is palpable, and they leave inspired to create their own performances for family and friends."

2007: Funds to support LOH's comprehensive administration improvement plan, which will build and strengthen their capacity to manage growth.

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2016 Children's Fund Grantees