The controversial, long-awaited Savannah Cultural Arts Center will have its grand opening on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, the City has announced.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and the theater dedication in honor of Ben Tucker will take place Friday, April 12, 5-8 p.m. The Grand Opening celebration will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m-3 p.m.
"The grand opening will include live performances from local arts organizations on the hour every hour, artist demonstrations and hands-on art sessions. The public is encouraged to attend both events," a City spokesperson says.
The Savannah Cultural Arts Center, located at 201 Montgomery Street, includes a 464-seat performing arts theater, dance studio, art gallery, as well as specially designed studios for ceramics, metal and glass art.
"It will serve as a creative and inspirational space connecting residents, the local arts community and organizations, who will not only be able to experience art, but engage with and create art," the City says.
The facility is funded through voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). A series of cost overruns and construction delays plagued the project nearly from the beginning.
Friday, April 12
5 p.m. New Beginning Art Exhibit, performances and Center tours
6 p.m. 18th Annual New Beginning Reception and Gala
6:30 p.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (outside the Center on MLK, Jr. Blvd. side)
7 p.m. Ben Tucker Theater Dedication
Saturday, April 13
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Grand Opening Celebration