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The Gladys Wyant Performing Arts Pavilion

The Arts Council Outdoor Pavilion and Stage

At the Smithgall Arts Center down from the Square in downtown Gainesville, we recently completed construction of our new Outdoor Pavilion and Stage. This beautiful structure has been named in honor of our executive director, Gladys Wyant, who is retiring this year.

The 6,300 square foot pavilion features a 50’ x 50’ stage in the center. The adjoining covered area allows additional space for performing arts programs, fund-raising events and other activities with seating for nearly 300 guests.

The new outdoor pavilion will feature a 50 X 50 covered stage and the ability to seat 299 guests for other special events.
Outdoor Pavilion Construction in April 2020.

The Arts Council Performing Arts Complex

A few blocks away, you may also have noticed ongoing work at the Arts Council Complex (the former Methodist church and adjoining buildings) at the corner of Green and West Academy streets.

Last fall, we completed new roofs on all the buildings as well as a new sprinkler system inside the main auditorium center as required by the fire department. We are still identifying and addressing other water issues to make the buildings sound.

The platform in the auditorium is currently being expanded to accommodate larger performing arts groups, and a new electrical system is being added to the platform. With the completion of re-plastering, painting and other cosmetic repairs, this historical treasure will eventually transform into a truly classic performing arts facility for our region.

Arts Council Complex updated sprinkler system and cosmetic repairs.
Arts Council Complex updated sprinkler system and cosmetic repairs.

Our Funding Needs Continue

Arts Council Complex new electrical system.
Unlike the stage pavilion project, The Arts Council does not have all needed funds to finish remaining work on our Performance Arts Complex buildings.

However, we are making major headway while stretching every dollar that you continue to donate. We also appreciate your generous in-kind gifts as we utilize sub-contractors and professional volunteers on this expensive investment in the arts for our community. In fact, our recent community surveys confirmed your strong support and the importance of preserving this 1906 historic Gainesville landmark.

As always, thank you for your continued support of The Arts Council and all our wonderful arts organizations throughout Gainesville-Hall County.

Read The Gainesville Times Article: Arts Council breaks ground on new ‘one-of-a-kind’ outdoor venue.