Arts & Culture
The McCoy Community Center for the Performing Arts is a world-class, state-of-the-art venue with two theaters, a dance studio and classrooms. The result of a unique partnership between the City, Plain Township, New Albany-Plain Local School District, and the New Albany Community Foundation, the center attracts a variety of national and international talent and features a full calendar of music, dance, comedy and lectures.
The 800-seat Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater, adjacent to the McCoy Community Center for the Arts, adds another asset to the city’s cultural arts district that’s in walking distance to the 200-acre learning campus and Market Square. During warmer months, the $7 million venue hosts national artists and performers as well as local arts organizations, including the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and Albany-Plain Local Schools student groups.
A high caliber of training, seasoned faculty and professional stage experience has led our ballet company to be ranked among the best in the Midwest and one of the premiere training academies in the country. Since 1999, the ballet company has taught ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance.
Founded in 2008, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra has grown to more than 120 professional, community and student musicians who, under the musical direction of Luis Gabriel Biava and together with nationally renowned guest artists, perform to sold-out crowds at the McCoy Community Center for the Arts, as well as in schools and throughout the community. Heather Garner, an accomplished violist and chamber musician, is executive director and artistic director.