Find latest information, plans at jclegacyarts.org
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Legacy Center of Johns Creek announced the launch of its new web site –jclegacyarts.org – to provide residents and supporters with the latest updates and information about plans for an 83,000-square-foot multi-discipline, multi-use community center for arts and culture in Johns Creek.
Legacy Center of Johns Creek Task Force Chairman J. Wayne Baughman says the facility is envisioned as an arts center designed to be used not only as a comprehensive cultural arts venue but a place for community, social and business events.
The website tagline says “Building Johns Creek’s Gathering Place.” Also launched were Facebook and Instagram social media pages.
Baughman said, “It will not only be a place for the community to enjoy and participate in the complete spectrum of the arts: music, dance, visual arts, and theater. It is envisioned to be a strong economic driver for both the arts and the greater community of Johns Creek.” Baughman is the founder and music director of the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.
With the help of Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, the county has already generously supported the project with $250,000 arts grant that is being used as seed money.
Local political leaders, art experts and community volunteers make up the 21-member, blue-ribbon task force. While fundraising and sponsorship recruitment was scheduled to begin in earnest this year, the coronavirus pandemic has slowed development. The task force is beginning to ramp up efforts, one of which was the launching of the website and social media. Another goal is to secure some level of financial support from the City of Johns Creek.
“Many community and government leaders consider the Legacy Center to be a top priority and potential anchor in the development of a city center for Johns Creek,” Baughman noted. The task force considers the area around the Johns Creek City Hall as one of the optimum locations.
The proposed Legacy Center would include:
- a well-equipped, professional performance space with seating for 700-plus
- a large rehearsal/banquet/meeting room designed to provide a constant stream of income
- a new, fully equipped home for the Johns Creek Arts Center
- gallery space in the lobby and office/support spaces
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“These amenities do not currently exist in the Johns Creek area and several independent studies have confirmed that they would be well-supported by the residents and businesses in and near Johns Creek,” Baughman said. The task force commissioned a lengthy study of community and arts leaders about the feasibility and support of building the center. A two-page summary is attached.
Envisioned as a hub of activity, the Legacy Center will support community gatherings, social and business events, plus a wide range of local and touring concerts and shows.
“But, at its heart, it will be a place for creating, exhibiting, rehearsing, performing and teaching the arts and culture by and for the citizens of Johns Creek,” Baughman said. “For more information about the arts center and to keep abreast of its progress, or become a participant, please visit jclegacyarts.org.”
Ron Cioffi, KRC Communications, [email protected], 770.378.7856