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Gadsden Community School for the Arts Programs Expand into New Homes

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Jan 03, 2013
Gadsden, AL

Through a partnership with the City of Gadsden and the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Etowah Youth Orchestras (EYO) and Downtown Dance Conservatory (DDC), both programs of Guild member Gadsden Community School of the Arts (Gadsden, AL), have expanded into larger facilities now dedicated to their programs and services.

EYO will move to the former Temple Beth Israel in downtown Gadsden. The facility will be known as The Music Center at Temple Beth Israel, and will house the EYO’s rehearsals for all ensembles, along with the program’s artistic and administrative offices. This will allow DDC to expand and transform the space formerly occupied by the EYO into a world class dance studio.

“We are excited about the EYO’s new home…it is energizing to start the new season in a new facility that is dedicated to the work that we do,” noted EYO Music Director Mike Gagliardo.

Mdme McRae of DDC said of her school’s expansion, “The spirit and ambience is incredible, we are so excited.” The move now allows DDC to offer services to more than 400 dance students.

About Gadsden Community School for the Arts
The School is operated as a division of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation and serves some 200 students in private and group classes taught, in some cases, by members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, GCSA offers string instruction to over 250 students in selected public schools in two districts through a partnership with the Etowah Youth Orchestras.  The string program is partially funded by a unique arrangement which allots money raised by taxes placed on local bingo play.  Special projects involving particular target groups have included activities for children in public housing projects.  For example, children, who were given cameras and taught how to use them and develop their own films, had their pictures displayed at the Center for Cultural Arts in downtown Gadsden.

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Pictured Above: Students at the Gadsden Community School for the Arts

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