The Boardman Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art facility showcasing music, arts and culture for our community to enjoy. For more than 20 years, the BPAC has hosted Boardman Schools' music and theater productions, as well as community events, dance recitals and other performances. Its professional soundstage and lighting, as well as its 1,650 seat capacity makes it a premiere facility to celebrate the arts in the Valley.
History of the BPAC: When Boardman High School was built in 1969, the voters rejected the initial bond issue to build an auditorium, so the high school was built without one. Music and drama performances continued to be held at Boardman Center Intermediate School (formerly the high school). Another bond issue was proposed in 1994 to build an auditorium, and once again, it was defeated. When Larry Saxton took the position of Superintendent in 1996, he immediately formed a strategic team to study the benefits of an auditorium at the high school. He made the proposal to the Board of Education that would allow for construction of the auditorium without costing the community additional taxes. In 1997, an action committee was formed, and this community based group raised the $1.5 million from private contributions to complement the $3 million in Improvement Funds used for the exterior shell. The contributors made it possible to complete the interior, purchase furnishings and the final product was built: Boardman's incredible state-of-the-art facility.
The Performing Art Center's Groundbreaking Ceremony was May 31, 1999 and in August of 2000, the Boardman Performing Arts Center opened it’s doors to the public.