Celebrating Our New Name

On May 20th , 2016 the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center changed its name and logo to better reflect what we do and who we are as an organization. We are proud to introduce the “Paramount Center for the Arts” to our community!

The mission of the Paramount Center for the Arts is to provide opportunities for artistic production, creative exploration, arts education and the enjoyment of arts and entertainment.

The aim of our facility is to ensure use by a diverse set of patrons, encourage community involvement, and generate a positive economic impact on Downtown Saint Cloud. Paramount Executive Director, Bob Johnson, appreciates the concept of arts and culture being inextricably linked to the entire community. He points out that the Paramount is bustling with activities for all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds. There is so much more to the Paramount than is sometimes obvious.

In October of 1994, a group was incorporated as Paramount Arts Resource Trust with a mission to work toward raising money to renovate the Paramount Theatre and develop an arts district. Paramount Arts Resource Trust is no longer the descriptor for what happens at the Paramount Center for the Arts.

The programs have grown significantly in the past 16 years and the new name represents the totality of all that goes on in the theatre, the visual arts center, gallery spaces, and education and outreach. The Paramount exudes history and talent and has served the public in so many ways for all of these years. It’s a place where folks laugh, cry, inspire one another, become entertained and educated, and make connections.

To find out more about what the Paramount Center for the Arts offers, go to our website and/or contact us for information about classes, shows, education/outreach, fine arts and other offerings.