The Daily Express

Owens Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Fine and Performing Arts Center

Owens employees and the media are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new $10 million Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 9 a.m. Friday, February 22 at Owens Community College.

The Owens Board of Trustees and President Christa Adams, Ph.D., are hosting the event for community leaders, members of the arts community and Owens employees. State Senator Randy Gardner of Bowling Green will be a keynote speaker for the event to celebrate the beginning of work on the new building.

The Center for Fine and Performing Arts is the final structure of the Galleria Complex, which began in 1996 and includes the Library, Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Math/Science Center and the Student Health & Activities Center.

This 74,396-square-foot facility will feature a 520-seat theater, 50-seat music/lecture hall, student exhibit galleries, art and design studios for graphic art, commercial art, painting, ceramics and sculpture, as well as acoustic laboratories for the instruction of languages, dance, piano, vocal and instrumental music, and practice rooms. The Center also will include 13 classrooms and 37 faculty and administrative offices.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place adjacent to the Student Health & Activities Center.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to offering small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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