Alpharetta Arts Center Opens to Public

Members of Milton's National Art Honor Society pose for a celebratory picture.

Members of Milton's National Art Honor Society pose for a celebratory picture.

Karen Liu, Staff Writer

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Thursday, Oct. 4, marked the grand opening of the new Alpharetta Arts Center. After undergoing more than $3 million dollars in renovations, the former Fulton County Library branch was successfully redeveloped into the Alpharetta Arts Center, which is now open and offering its services to the community.

The Arts Center includes several new amenities, such as a variety of visual arts and clay studios, a modern digital media studio and a black-box theater. The 10,000-square-foot building will also host an assortment of art events, such as gallery exhibits and theater performances, as well as offer a variety of other art opportunities on a more regular basis, such as multidisciplinary arts classes, workshops and artistic lectures. From novice doodlers to magnum opus crafters, these opportunities are open to people of all ages and artistic backgrounds. The Alpharetta Arts Center offers classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, theater, music cartooning and creative writing, with classes tailored to different difficulty levels to welcome all who are interested, regardless of prior experience in the arts. The Arts Center even teaches special interest classes in disciplines such as the culinary arts, offering courses in “Sweet Treats” and “Gingerbread House Party” themed workshops, further helping to broaden the center’s course selection and cater to the community’s diverse interests.

Additionally, the Alpharetta Arts Center is currently featuring artwork from several students of Milton High School’s National Art Honor Society. “It’s always nice to see the hard work of people you care about honored, especially in such an important local establishment,” says Audrey Norris, a member of the esteemed National Art Honor Society and Senior at Milton High School. Norris says that she “definitely plan[s] to take a few classes there” in order to fully experience the “diverse [opportunities] to create and craft.” Students should be sure to visit the Arts Center to explore the center’s many unique features and art courses, as well as to show their school spirit by checking out some of the student art on display.

For those interested in visiting, the facility is open from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Arts Center will also be open for additional hours on Saturday and Sunday for further scheduled classes, exhibits, performances and other events. With these new opportunities, the center hopes to provide not only a designated space for artistic minds, but also a communal one for students of all artistic aspirations to come together and create.