The Town of Carrboro is moving forward with the planning process for the construction of a new building that would potentially host the Carrboro ArtsCenter and an Orange County public library branch.
The building will likely replace the municipal parking lot located next to Open Eye Cafe at 203 South Greensboro St.
The ArtsCenter is currently housed on Main Street and serves over 93,000 people annually, offering a variety of programs including art classes, summer camps and theater productions. It has been at its current location for the past 30 years, but according to ArtsCenter director Dan Mayer, the facility is wearing out.
“We want to continue to grow because the community is growing and there are fewer opportunities for arts education in schools. There is more and more of a desire for people in the community to connect through the arts,” Mayer said. “I am confident that there is a lot of community support and we just have to keep planning and keep working towards a new building.”
The Board of Aldermen will vote next Tuesday to approve a memo of agreement. While things are still in the early planning and agreement process, a capital feasibility study confirmed the expectation that the ArtsCenter will provide their own funding for their portion of the project. The ArtsCenter plans on bridging financing through capital campaign pledges.