Simpsonville presents the new Center for the Arts

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Just in time for summer, Simpsonville opens its doors to the theater. Their newly renovated Art Center will host a number of performances from July.

The recent renovation is part of one of five steps in an improvement plan that officials have in mind for the city. Thanks to money for donations, the art center jumped to the top of that list, with the first play set for “Children of Paradise.”

Simpsonville city administrator Dianne Gracely is a theater fan herself. She said she is excited to see what this means not only for culture, but for the city in the economy as a whole.

“You know you’re holding your poster and the show is getting ready to start,” Gracely said. “If someone hasn’t seen the expectation before that they don’t know what’s coming, then that exceeds those expectations.”

The Art Reconstruction Center is built of old bones. The building was once an elementary school and then Simpsonville High School. “It was built in the 1930s, so this building has been a very critical part of Simpsonville for decades.”

This is where learning will continue. The construction created a brand new lobby and reduced the seating area to 400 for a more intimate theater experience.

Tim Lincolnhol is part of the Simpsonville Art Foundation and explains that bringing art to Simpsonville will inspire visitors from other cities and bring economic progress to the city as a whole.

“People will fill restaurants, it will put people on the streets, the more art we have, the more it will attract people to Simpsonville and expand what we can do and who we are,” Lincolnhol said.

The gym next to the art center is still being renovated. Gracely said she plans to maintain the gym’s structural integrity for the event space, adding a few small cosmetic details.

The new art center item is one on the list of improvement projects. Others include traffic problems and the renovation of the City Park and the addition of a new municipal building.

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