ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Serving the youth of Charlotte, the Center, combining library and theater functions, is dedicated to creating an environment where visitors experience the written, spoken and electronic word in an integrated environment. Users respond to stories in multi-sensory ways, and interactive features encourage them to participate in creating their own stories. The nurturing of young people at every stage of their development to allow them to discover their individual potential and to challenge their intellect is at the heart of ImaginOn. The two major performance venues, a 550-seat proscenium theater and 250-seat studio theater stand at opposite ends, while the library is centrally located. A large, multi-story pubic space contains interactive exhibits and serves as a gathering area and reception venue. The Center is a story all its own, captivating the minds and imagination of young people and families.