Curtain goes up on new Cobb performing arts center

The curtain has gone up on a performing arts center in Cobb County‚ but details on KSU’s use of the facility are still waiting in the wings.

Georgia (Feb 6, 2004) — The curtain has gone up on a performing arts center in Cobb County‚ but details on KSU’s use of the facility are still waiting in the wings.

KSU officials attended a press conference Nov. 21 to show their support for the $125 million facility that’s being built by the Cobb−Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority. The center‚ which will be located near I−75 and Akers Mill Road‚ could open as early as 2006.

Despite published reports that have Kennesaw State leasing performance space at the center‚ which will include separate theaters seating audiences of 3‚000‚ 700 and 200‚ Vice President for Academic Affairs Lendley Black says the university is in negotiations to lease a remodeled space in the Galleria shopping center to offer classes.

“They are also remodeling a space in the Galleria shopping center‚ the old movie theaters and a restaurant‚ and that’s the space we’re talking about going into an agreement with them on‚ to offer classes down there – ConEd and a few credit courses‚” Black said. “We’re also exploring the possibilities of having some use of the two smaller performance facilities‚ the music recital hall and the black box theater.”

Black said the facility is not only about the arts‚ but it’s also about education‚ as well‚ and that provides the university with a unique opportunity of acquiring much−needed space.

“We need space‚” he said‚ “and this could be a way to provide some additional space for campus. It’s also very difficult for us to serve that part of the county because of traffic issues; people are interested in taking our courses‚ but they can’t get from the Perimeter to campus for a 6 o’clock class.”

If these plans come to fruition‚ it won’t be the university’s first foray into south Cobb. In August‚ the Coles College of Business began offering classes at the Galleria Office Park. The Career Growth Master of Business Administration‚ Georgia’s second largest MBA program‚ is offering core classes in economics‚ management and finance. Classes meet in the morning‚ evening or weekend sessions.

“Every one of those classes is filled‚” Black said. “The success of that pilot program is one reason we’re optimistic about other chances for success in that area.”


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