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Cary Community Arts Center Ground Breaking | Jan 23

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Saturday, January 23, 1-4 p.m. (Free)

143 years after it began, the old Cary High / Elementary School is embarking on new adventure in education! At least three different school buildings have occupied the 101 Dry Avenue site since Frank Page, Cary’s founder, built the original Cary Academy about 1867. The school became one of North Carolina’s first state-assisted public high schools in 1907 with students from across North Carolina attending. The present building, which most recently served as Cary Elementary School, was built as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project in 1938-39.

CaryCommunityArtsCenter2In 2010, this building will begin its transformation into Cary’s newest community arts center.

To celebrate this milestone and remember past ones you are invited to join us at a Groundbreaking and Memory Day, Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 1-4 p.m. (Groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 p.m.) Share your memories with the Friends of the Page-Walker for their oral history project and bring your mementos, photographs, or other items that you may have that relate to the history of this important building. The Cary Photographic Artists will helping to document the day in pictures and to photograph artifacts and mementos.

Enjoy visiting the school one last time before its transformation, see renderings of the new spaces, connect with old friends, and celebrate the past and the future!

The Design Team for the renovation of the 1938 school building is Clearscapes Architects (Raleigh) and artists Norie Sato (Seattle, WA) Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii (Chapel Hill, NC). Additional support for this project is provided by the N. C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information: www.townofcary.org (Departments – Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources – Festivals & Events – Special Events) or call 919-469-4061.

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