On the same night that Auburn became the new home of the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center, the Auburn City Council voted to purchase one of the city’s historic structures for a future cultural arts facility.
The pair of unanimous votes April 1 was the culmination of months of planning and negotiations to bring the arts in a big way to Auburn’s small downtown.
City leaders plan for the artists and other groups to eventually operate out of a renovated, 18,000-square-foot Auburn Cultural Art Center on College Street.
And they hope the new hub of community activity to include an after-school program will draw more people downtown and will enhance economic development.
“The council has explored the effects of the arts and after-school programs that are offered in cities through partnerships with other institutions,” said Mayor Linda Blechinger in response to questions from the newspaper.
This old house at 1396 Third Ave. in downtown Auburn is the new home of the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center, which formerly operated out of downtown Winder. Though basic renovations to make it habitable were under way this week, the artists Tuesday night held a meeting inside and said they planned to offer the first painting class Wednesday – on a porch where natural sunlight would suffice until power to the building is restored. Photo by Jessica Brown
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