Public Civic Arts Center campaign launched

The public is invited to the launch of the community campaign for the Civic Arts Center (CAC), scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Jan. 30, at the Davis Loft located on 202 N. Cusick Street in downtown Maryville.

“After nearly a decade, the CAC is coming even closer to becoming a reality,” said Holly Jackson-Ludlow, Maryville College’s vice president for advancement and community relations. “This event will kickoff the final phase of fundraising that will, hopefully, result in a center that we can all be proud of for decades to come.”

The event will open with a welcome by Mark Cate, a member of the executive committee of the Civic Arts Center Advisory Board and vice president for project manager Lawler-Wood. Barry Brooke, an executive vice president with Lawler-Wood, will be on hand to give an update on the construction schedule and budget.

Representatives from Messer Construction are expected to show current photos of the construction site and discuss progress to date and major milestones to come. A question and answer period will follow.

Kevin Painter, chair of the executive committee of the CAC Advisory Board, will announce the campaign launch and fundraising goals. Robert Hutchens, executive director of the CAC, will talk briefly about the formation of the advisory board and its executive committee and the development of a vision and mission statement for the center.

Coinciding with the Last Friday Art Walk, a reception will follow the program, and the loft space will feature artists and musicians from Maryville College.

“Obviously, we want the CAC to have a special presence in the local art community,” Jackson-Ludlow said. “We want to support local artists and encourage everyone to realize that the center is for the arts and for all of us.”

For more information on the event, call Marsha Wynn at 865-981-8204.

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