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Grand opening of new Averitt Center facility will take place Friday, March 20


March 11, 2015

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    The Averitt Center for the Arts is pleased and excited to announce the grand opening of its newest facility, the Center for Performing Arts, at 41 West Main Street. The ribbon cutting is Friday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. and the public is invited to come and tour the facility.
    Located between Humble Abodes and Thayer Monument Company, the Center houses a 70 seat black box theater, two state-of-the-art dance studios, and a fine arts and crafts gallery selling regionally produced artwork and gift items.
    Since starting its youth arts education programs three years ago, attendance increases have required the Averitt Center to expand its physical footprint in downtown Statesboro, explained Tim Chapman, Executive Director.
    “We started with approximately 10 children in our after school program and about 20 in the Statesboro Youth Ballet program,” he explained. “Today, three years later, we are serving nearly 500 children per week in our ballet, choral, strings, theater, and visual arts programs as well as our after school care Arts After Hours program.
    The Center for the Performing Arts will be home to the Averitt’s ballet and theater programs. Dance students are already enjoying the facilities larger studios and professional sprung floors – a special type of flooring that protects against injuries.  Soaring ceilings and heat sealed marley floors give the studios a professional feel. 
    Theater students are happy to be in their own space as well. “Before now, locations for the theater classes have had to move between our main building and the old dance studio building,” said Chapman. “This will give the theater program a ‘home,’ a place where they meet consistently.”
    The Center for Performing Arts is the first of a three-facility expansion the Averitt Center is planning over the next five years.  The second facility, the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts, opening in the fall of 2015, will house drawing, painting, and ceramics classes. The future Thurman Lanier Center for Arts Education will house chorale and strings programs as well as significantly expand visual arts gallery spaces.
    “We are excited about the future of the Averitt Center for the Arts and the impact of quality arts education and opportunities on Statesboro and the surrounding communities,” exclaimed Chapman. “Our vision is that our expanded physical footprint will encourage pedestrian and retail growth in downtown, making a positive impact on the community and region.
    Chapman encouraged everyone to attend the ribbon cutting and tour the facility on Friday, March 20, beginning at 4:30 pm.


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