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July 4, 2014

Alabama Center for the Arts to break ground on Phase II

— Officials with Athens State University, Calhoun Community College and the Alabama Center for the Arts will take part in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for Phase II of the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the ACA, located at 133 Second Ave. in downtown Decatur. 

The new addition will house the theater and music departments of the collaborative academic effort between the two schools, and is enhanced by support from the city of Decatur and the Morgan County Commission.

“This phase of the total project has been in the planning stages since we initially broke ground in 2010,” said Athens State President Dr. Bob Glenn.  “We are pleased with the community’s reception for Phase I and we look forward to working with Calhoun to further enhance the study of theater and music in the area.”

LIVE Design Group from Birmingham has been selected as the architect for the project.  The $13.5M Phase II building will be adjacent to but separate from the Phase I portion of the ACA and will encompass approximately 44,000 square feet.

“We are extremely excited that we are seeing this next phase of the ACA now coming to fruition,” said Dr. Marilyn Beck, Calhoun president.  “This partnership with our sister institution Athens State is allowing us to continue to work together in meeting the needs of our community.”

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