CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - June 08, 2015) - In 2006, Near West Theatre embarked upon a collaborative capital campaign through the Gordon Square Arts District to create a permanent home and be a part of the revitalization of the Detroit-Shoreway Neighborhood. Near West Theatre’s new building is the culmination of dreams, hard work, investment, and belief in a vision that began nine years ago. They’ve transformed lives and strengthened community through their extraordinary theater experiences for 35+ years. This new performance venue, now donned with a new full color LED message sign from Akers Signs will forever impact this flourishing art district.

The front entryway features an architectural marvel. Against the vibrant blue backdrop of the building are two towers topped with bright yellow gears with a new high resolution full color LED display manufactured by Vantage LED spanning between them. Behind the towers on the building is a heart-shaped dimensional sign that proudly states NEARWEST THEATRE in the classy broadway fashion. The bold colors welcomes the art community along with bright dynamic messages made by the team at SM Infinity who provided the cloud-based software to operate the LED sign.

“Our new sign is absolutely beautiful. It will allow us to expand the reach and impact of our mission in ways we’ve never been able to before!” stated Near West Theatre.

Near West Theatre’s mission: To build loving relationships and engage diverse people in strengthening their sense of identity, passion, and purpose, individually and in community, through transformational theatre arts experiences.

Rick Akers, Owner of Akers Signs stated, “It was an honor to work with Near West Theatre. They wanted to be able to promote upcoming plays and community events. They are an incredible organization giving young people the opportunity to experience live theatre.”

Started in 1972 by his parents, Rick Akers spent his childhood in the sign shop watching his dad paint signs. Today, they concentrate on fabricated aluminum and architectural signage with a focus on LED electronic message centers and lighting. They recently completed the Cleveland Clinic Akron General affiliate signage program and the Children's Hospital of Akron expansion.

Akers added, “We are always looking out for the best product offering on the market for our clients. With Vantage’s product quality, warranty and cutting edge technology, we feel they are the right partner for Akers Signs and the right LED manufacturer for our clients.”

The soul of Near West Theatre is belief in the healing, transformative power of the theatrical arts. The energy and the values they instill throughout their company is extraordinary, and this brilliant new full color display will forever welcome the community to come inside and enjoy the magic.

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