Classes will start at the Community Arts Center Oct. 1. The non-profit has borrowed more than $450,000 to finish restoration of the Federal Building on Main and Fourth streets in time.
This fall, ceramics, piano, ballet, willow furniture making, Tai Chi, hula and oil painting classes will be held in the center. Arts for Kids and Community Education also plan to house programs in the building. By November, the grand opening will be held, and the gift shop and coffee shop opened.
Instructors and programs are doing independent advertising, but the center will publish a winter class schedule in early autumn.
The group will set user fees on Monday. Executive Director Wilma Brown expects the fees to be moderate, and set at an amount that will cover utilities.
The fees will not defray the bill for renovation.
Families and businesses have contributed $34,000 to the center.
Add that to the money given by local governments and grants and the total is $620,800, still well shy of the $1.1 million renovation costs.