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Spring 2020 Updates on Our Construction Projects
We hope everyone is well during these difficult times of the pandemic and “sheltering in place.” At the Arts Council, we have been careful with safe distancing at our office while busy overseeing construction at our downtown Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center and renovation of the Performing Arts Complex (the old Methodist Church buildings).
We look forward to returning to our live events soon, so stay tuned here to our website for further updates.
The Arts Council Outdoor Pavilion and Stage
With input from our members, The Arts Council has been planning for several years to build an outdoor stage and pavilion at our Smithgall Arts Center down the street from the Square in Downtown Gainesville.
Funds were raised over previous years and restricted by donors for this capital project. Construction finally started on January 3rd of this year before any of us knew how COVID-19 would impact our lives. Since the construction industry is considered “an essential business,” work fortunately has not slowed down at our site as you probably have witnessed if driving by our offices recently.
This addition to our property will ensure your future participation in a much-needed outdoor performance space once this pandemic is over.
The 6,300 square foot structure will feature a 50’ x 50’ stage in the center.
In the adjoining covered pavilion, you also will be able to enjoy performing arts programs, fundraisers and other hosted events with seating for nearly 300 guests.
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.
Our Funding Needs Continue
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.