FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Community School of the Arts has announced that it will host Governor Asa Hutchinson and his wife Susan on May 10 to celebrate the future Creative Arts Center at Fort Smith.
The event is open to the public and will be located at 1101 Riverfront Drive, the future site of the Centre.
The 11 a.m. ceremony will include remarks from Mayor George McGill as well as Governor Hutchinson with a performance of the national anthem by CSA student Carolyn Young and a special thank you to the Governor by CSA instructor Cody Walls for his support of arts education, the release said.
CSA said it has raised $7.5 million over the past three years and believes the facility will be the first of its kind in Arkansas as CSA says its program will serve as a model for the state and beyond. .
“We are delighted to welcome our Governor and our First Lady for this very special event! We are grateful for their tremendous support of the ASC and the new center, as well as their support for the importance of arts education in Arkansas. They truly understand how participating in the arts transforms lives! I hope to see our community participate in our May 10th celebration,” said Dr. Rosilee Russell, CEO of ASC.
First Lady Susan Hutchinson is also honorary co-chair of the CSA Inspiring Excellence campaign, along with co-chairs Mary Carleton Young and Kathy Coleman. The CSA announced that it is also honoring the First Lady by naming the current after-school programs “Susan Hutchinson Community Arts Connection.”
The Center is a 40,000 square foot facility that includes educational spaces for six major artistic fields; music, theatre, dance, visual arts, cinema and gastronomy. Specialized spaces are also included in the new Center, such as a state-of-the-art recording studio, a 350-seat performance hall, restaurant-style kitchens and high-tech digital art spaces. Current after-school programs for children and youth will be housed in the new facility and expanded to include additional arts offerings, CSA said.
The facility will also house the new Creative Arts Institute, a special program for high school students in grades 9 through 12 who live within a 60-mile radius of Fort Smith. In cooperation with potentially 39 school districts, students will participate in a specific arts program daily and receive high school credits at their school each year.
Construction of the Center has begun with a completion date set for August 2023. The celebration will take place directly in front of what will be the main entrance to the facility. Parking is available on site.