Center for the Arts to Take an Intermission
The Chelmsford Center for the Arts will be taking an intermission and temporarily shutting its doors while the Old Town Hall building undergoes renovations beginning in February.
The curtain will be closing for the Chelmsford Center for the Arts on Feb. 15 as the Old Town Hall building undergoes a major facelift. Renovations will close the building for nearly a year, but it's only an intermission for the Center for the Arts, as they begin to plan big things for their reopening in 2012.
The Center for the Arts received money through the Community Preservation Act to do the renovations, which was approved at Town Meeting. Some changes planned include interior restoration and removal of the back staircase, and creating a larger space for the seminar room.
"The biggest change will be the addition at the back of the building to accommodate an elevator," said Susan Julian Gates, founder of the Center for the Arts. "This will make the building truly handicapped accessible."
Additional restrooms are also planned for the renovation, along with completely new plumbing, heating, and electrical systems. The lower level will be transformed into a new performance space, which Gates hopes will create an opportunity for acoustic concerts and open mic nights.
The Center for the Arts committee will take the intermission time to plan for the reopening that is tentatively scheduled for early 2012. Gates plans to have video updates on Chelmsford TeleMedia as the renovations are taking place so that residents can see the transformation process.
"The committee hopes to have or be a part of town events throughout the year to stay active in the community," said Gates.
As the Center for the Arts takes its intermission, fundraising planning will be a major priority for the committee so that they can continue to grow and get more residents involved in the town's only art center.
"We have the goal of making the Center for the Arts a gathering place for artists and people interested in the arts," said Gates. "We look forward to starting a community theatre called 'The Chelmsford Playhouse' and continuing ongoing art exhibits in the gallery, as well as a variety of music performances in the auditorium and in the new performance room on the lower level."
Check out the remaining events at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts at www.chelmsfordcenterforthearts.org.