A group of nonprofits in Staunton have forged a new partnership. The R.R. Smith Center is already home to the Staunton Augusta Art Center, the Historic Staunton Foundation, and the Augusta Historical Society.
Wednesday they signed a lease with the American Shakespeare Center, which will move its offices and classrooms onto the fourth floor. The deal means revenue for the R.R. Smith Center and cooperation for the four partners.
R.R. Smith Center President Jim Perkins said, "There's so many things that we could do together, in terms of supporting the cultural development of the Staunton community, by working together, doing things together. We thought this would be a great partnership."
The American Shakespeare Center move takes effect July 1. It will not affect the box office or performance venue at the Blackfriars Playhouse, just one block away.