Celebrate Cary Arts Center Opening
The official dedication and cornerstone ceremony is at 2 p.m. on the front porch. At 5:30 p.m., four original documentaries created by local teens enrolled in the Cary Youth Video Project will be shown. Larkin Poe, a duo of soul-singing sisters, performs at 7:30 p.m. For a detailed schedule of activities, visit www.townofcary.org and search for Cary Arts Center.
The 47,000-square-foot facility provides classroom, studio, gallery, rehearsal and office space for visual, ceramic and performing arts; a fully functioning 390-seat theater; a catering kitchen; and rental spaces. The center will house Applause! Cary Youth Theatre and the Marvelous Music Series, as well as programs from the former Jordan Hall Arts Center.
The original building dates from the 1930s and served as Cary High School and later Cary Elementary School. The building's educational history is honored on each of its three floors. Towering photographic images of former students and their classroom activities are superimposed on colorful glass panels in the atrium. School memorabilia — including an abacus and wooden chair — are prominently displayed, and the lower halves of the students' lockers have been ingeniously turned into wainscoting that graces some of the art center's hallways.