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Architects for FMU Performing Arts Center Seeking Input from Citizens, Business Leaders and Arts Groups

          FLORENCE---The Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center governing board will host a community meeting Nov. 17 with the architects who will be designing the building.

          The forum will be held at 10 a.m. in the St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Dargan St. The meeting is open to the public.

            Architects from Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates Inc. from Atlanta, Ga., have been chosen to design the $18 million facility that will be located on a four-acre tract at the corner of Dargan and West Palmetto streets.

          The purpose of the meeting is for the general community and leaders in the business community to provide the architects with the visions and expectations for the Performing Arts Center.

          Florence attorney Ben Zeigler and banker Michael O. Blakeley, both members of the governing board, will serve as hosts for this meeting.

          On Nov. 16 at 11 a.m., also in St. John’s Parish Hall, a similar meeting will be held for members of the various arts groups in the region. Board members Shirley R. Imbeau and Zeigler will serve as hosts for this meeting.

          The Performing Arts Center is being funded by a $10 million grant from the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation and $8 million in state funding secured by Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman. The facility will be owned by FMU which will share operational and maintenance costs with the City of Florence. The facility will be governed by a seven-member board.

#66 / 11-10-06
Last Published: December 1, 2006 10:14 AM
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