Preserves a historical landmark designed by John Anderson Lankford in 1921, the first registered African-American architect in the United States and historic Bethel is listed on the National Heritage Register. Provide tourists with a one-stop-shop to the arts and an opportunity to visit a historical museum and heritage tour site.
Provides a state-of-the-art 500 to 600-seat performing arts venue, to fill the number one need identified by the 2003 Columbia Arts Task Force.
Once completed, it has been estimated to generate revenue in excess of $15,000,000 annually to local economy and create 57 jobs consisting of a mix of construction and building operation.
Promotes diversity in the arts to attract residents, businesses as well as visitors previously absent from the cultural landscape in downtown Columbia.
Centrally located in one of the state’s eight tourist destinations it will provide unique meeting space, attract world class plays, renowned visual artists and provide a creative haven for exhibits.
Thu, October 11, 2012
by Mike White