About the Center

MISSION STATEMENT
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center enhances the quality of life and contributes to the economic vitality of Jefferson County and Southeast Iowa through education, entertainment, events and the performing arts.


Located in the heart of downtown, the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center is a gathering place designed to showcase a world of arts and culture. This beautiful facility promises a rich and diverse season of entertainment, featuring music, comedy, theater and dance performances. This center reflects the city's rich tradition of family, community and pride and is one of the most comprehensive arts and convention centers in the state of Iowa, featuring a state of the art Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Art Association Art Gallery, expo hall, flexible meeting room space, and commercial kitchen, providing a sophisticated backdrop for meetings and performances of all kinds.

The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center opened in 2007 and is an interesting retreat by day and the jewel of Fairfield by night. The Center is home to the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, the first building in the United States to be named for celebrated composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The theater features an intimate 522-seat proscenium theater.

The Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts is home to the flagship Sondheim Center Artist Series, featuring the best of music, comedy, dance and theater of national and international touring performances. The Center provides the backdrop for the Fairfield Concert Association and the Fairfield Area Community Theater. The Center also hosts numerous dance recitals and various events that showcase the musical and performing talents of Fairfield's residents.

The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center offers flexible meeting space to accommodate gatherings of nearly any size, including a full range of catering and banquet options. The Center features more than 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space available for rent, including the Fairfield Economic Development Association Executive Conference Room, Cambridge Investment Research Event Room, Dick and Judy Smith Event Room, Iowa State Bank Atrium and the Manufacturers Association Expo Hall.


MANAGEMENT
The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center facility is owned by the City of Fairfield and operated by a private 501(c3) non-profit organization.

About the Center

MISSION STATEMENT
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center enhances the quality of life and contributes to the economic vitality of Jefferson County and Southeast Iowa through education, entertainment, events and the performing arts.


Located in the heart of downtown, the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center is a gathering place designed to showcase a world of arts and culture. This beautiful facility promises a rich and diverse season of entertainment, featuring music, comedy, theater and dance performances. This center reflects the city's rich tradition of family, community and pride and is one of the most comprehensive arts and convention centers in the state of Iowa, featuring a state of the art Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Art Association Art Gallery, expo hall, flexible meeting room space, and commercial kitchen, providing a sophisticated backdrop for meetings and performances of all kinds.

The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center opened in 2007 and is an interesting retreat by day and the jewel of Fairfield by night. The Center is home to the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, the first building in the United States to be named for celebrated composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The theater features an intimate 522-seat proscenium theater.

The Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts is home to the flagship Sondheim Center Artist Series, featuring the best of music, comedy, dance and theater of national and international touring performances. The Center provides the backdrop for the Fairfield Concert Association and the Fairfield Area Community Theater. The Center also hosts numerous dance recitals and various events that showcase the musical and performing talents of Fairfield's residents.

The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center offers flexible meeting space to accommodate gatherings of nearly any size, including a full range of catering and banquet options. The Center features more than 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space available for rent, including the Fairfield Economic Development Association Executive Conference Room, Cambridge Investment Research Event Room, Dick and Judy Smith Event Room, Iowa State Bank Atrium and the Manufacturers Association Expo Hall.


MANAGEMENT
The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center facility is owned by the City of Fairfield and operated by a private 501(c3) non-profit organization.

Fairfield Flix at the FACC


Check back soon for more updates on our cinema project!

 

John and Coralee Dey Barhydt Organ


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The 21 rank, 1800 pipe, 3 manual Möller organ was installed in Barhydt Chapel in 1966. The dedication naming the Barhydt organ for donors John and Coralee Dey was held April 25, 2010 in the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. In the process of moving the organ to the Sondheim Center, John Connet has reconditioned and modernized the organ along with installing a computer system in the console.
 
The mission of the John and Coralee Dey Barhydt Organ Committee is:
To ensure the ongoing maintenance, development and public awareness of the Barhydt organ and organ music in general.
 
Objectives:
•  Obtain financial support for maintenance, programming and organ education.
• Invite professional organists to perform recitals.
• Engage wider audiences with various organ styles.
• Inspire use of the organ for local choir and other concerts, as well as innovative collaborations.
• Arrange demonstrations of the organ for local school children.
• Support development of future generations of local organists.
• Encourage excellence in the performance of organ music.
 
The estimated replacement value of the organ is now over one million dollars. Only a rare musical instrument such as a Stradivarius violin are equal in value. It is important that we use the Barhydt organ and keep it in good working order. The Barhydt Organ Committee includes organists, those interested in organ music and community members who have a concern for developing an audience interested in organ music. 
 
Donations are Welcome!
There are 3 organ funds:  Organ Maintenance Fund, Organ Performance Fund & Organ Endowment Fund

Checks can be sent to:
The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. Attn.: Barhydt Organ
200 N. Main Street
Fairfield, IA 52556.


 

Parsons College Alumni Hall



Parsons College Alumni

The Parsons College Alumni Hall is located in the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts lobby located within the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Parsons College was a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1875 by General Lewis Baldwin Parsons. The college remained as a small school until the mid-1950's when a new direction by the board of directors was found. They hired Dr. Millard G. Roberts from upstate New York to guide the college's future growth. When Dr. Roberts arrived total enrollment was 500 students.  In the fall of 1966 total enrollment exceeded 5,500 students. The college closed with its final graduation, June 3, 1973. The spirit lives on with our alumni and a focal point is our Parsons College Alumni Hall.

The students, faculty and friends of Parsons College have donated in excess of $200,000.00 to have the naming rights for this portion of the reception area of the Center.   John Blackstock, class of 1964, provided the challenge and vision to establish a "Parsons College Wall of Honor" at the dedication of the Alumni Hall in 2008.  October of 2009 found the inaugural class being inducted.   The students and alumni of Parsons College have gone on to make their mark in society, locally, nationally and internationally.  This provides us a way of honoring and remembering the nurturing and education the students and alumni of Parsons College received during their time attending classes in Fairfield.

The Alumni Hall allows for rotating displays highlighting the accomplishment and memories of various activities of the college.  Two display cabinets were donated as a memorial from a deceased student's family.  The east wall provides an area for displaying photographs, highlighting some of the distinguished visitors to the college during the 1950's - 1960's, the hay day of Parsons College.  Entertainers, guest speakers and many notables were invited to Fairfield to educate and entertain the students, faculty and community.

October 2013 found over 128 students, alumni and friends of the college attending the fifth annual Wall of Honor Dedication.  This weekend also included an all-class reunion, which brought alumni and friends from all areas of our country to return to Fairfield and become grounded again in their roots.  The two organizations leading the way with these projects are the Parsons College Alumni Association lead by Nancy Wirtanen (nwirtanen@yahoo.com)  as president and the Parsons College Foundation Fund with David Neff (dneff@isbff.com) as president.  The Alumni Association's web site is www.parsonscollegealumni.com.  Parsons College memorabilia is still available through Fairfield Line, Inc. via their web site www.fairfieldlineinc.com and clicking on the Parsons tab.

In the words of the legendary alumni, Lee T. Gobble, "There will always be a Parsons College."