Alpharetta to unveil new $3.1 million arts center this week

The city of Alpharetta will cut the ribbon on its new arts center this week, opening it up to the public for the first time.

Simply named “the Alpharetta Arts Center,” it will open on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. An open house will follow the ribbon cutting, allowing residents and others to check out the city’s newest building for workshops, recreation and arts activities.

The center features visual arts studios, a clay studio, a digital media studio, a black-box theater studio and gallery exhibits. It will also host events, classes, lectures and intimate performances.

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Stationed at 238 Canton Street, the property was once the home of a Fulton County library. In 2017, the city awarded a $3.1 million contract to Marietta-based Macallan Construction to convert the library into an arts center. Fulton County donated the library to the city after it opened a new library near Alpharetta's city hall.

Work converting the library began in October 2017.

Classes and other events are already scheduled for the new arts center. To see all the offerings, check out the city's arts guide for 2018, which was updated in September.

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