Cary Arts Center Dedication Day - August 13th


Saturday, August 13th 10:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Come celebrate the opening of Cary's Newest Arts Center!

Activities for the whole family, behind the scenes tours, and performances throughout the whole day!

What will the Cary Cultural Arts Center Offer?

The Town of Cary is renovating what used to be the Old Cary Elementary School and turning it into a Community Arts Center. The Cary Cultural Arts Center will offer a variety of art classrooms, studio, rehearsal, performance and office space for visual arts, ceramic arts and performing arts and will be nearly 47,000 square feet.

Visitors will encounter a drastic change to Cary Elementary on the main floor with its enormous lobby. The space reaches up to the third floor and down below to the main floor through use of an art wall holding the open stairway.  The wall combines form and function with inspiration from the artist team of Norie Sato, Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishi who used replicas of photos taken from the town’s archives and  integrated them into this wall and others, including the concession area. The staircase wall will extend from the lower level through to the third floor.

The renovation of the lower level will unify the original space into a “U” shaped hallway. One wing will house the Ceramics area and will include an adult classroom, children’s classroom, open studio space and a kiln area. The other wing will have the wood shop, costume shop, dressing rooms and a green room for the stage area. Specialized studios will provide for new classes for wood-working, faux painting techniques, print-making/lithography, ceramics, jewelry, glass-making, fine arts, dance, and youth and adult performances. The Art Gallery will enable local artists to exhibit their works.

The auditorium floor will be slanted with nearly 400 seats. The back of the building will have a fly tower which will allow sets to be built and housed on site and backdrops controlled using pulleys.

Everyone is eagerly awaiting its completion in the Summer of 2011, where the Cary Cultural Arts Center will offer classes throughout the day and musical and dance performances in the evenings. The renovation of the Old Cary Elementary School into a cultural arts center will offer opportunities for integrated art and design elements and make it an anchor for the community.


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