CFCC performance center celebrates curtain opening with ‘Artsplosion’

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CFCC's Fine Arts and Humanities Center, still under construction, will celebrate its opening in October with an all-day free community arts event. Courtesy image.
CFCC’s Fine Arts and Humanities Center, still under construction, will celebrate its opening in October with an all-day free community arts event. Courtesy image.

Cape Fear Community College’s new performing arts space is starting out with a bang.

The college’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center has announced its official opening event, “Artsplosion,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.

This free public event—featuring a host of CFCC and community performance groups–will mark the first raising of the curtain at the new center. Other highlights include an arts resources fair and courtyard performances by the nationally-acclaimed Squonk Opera.

“We are pleased to be working with local arts leader and producer Beth Crookham, who will curate the official opening performance, a celebration of the some of the best arts organizations throughout New Hanover County,” Shane Fernando, director of the CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center, said. “Ms. Crookham will be working with a jury of local performing arts professionals to select the organizations that will represent the New Hanover County performing arts community in this one-of-a-kind event.”

Construction began in 2013 on the 159,368 square foot facility as one of three major building projects in a $164 million bond referendum approved by voters.

The Humanities and Fine Arts Center, still under construction, will include a 1,500 state-of-the-art auditorium to host Broadway touring productions, concerts, symphonic performances, recitals, symposiums and other events.

While the center will be the home of the largest performance space in North Carolina’s southeastern region, a primary function will be to house CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Department.

Included in the building are 25 formal classrooms, studios, and laboratories for the visual arts, music, drama, film, communications, philosophy and religion and foreign languages. In addition to the main performance hall, students will be able to utilize a central outdoor courtyard, black box theatre and studios designed for a variety of performances.

Students will also get some hands-on training by working behind the scenes on the venue’s major performances.

The center is currently accepting submissions from nonprofit performance organizations and performing artists in New Hanover County for inclusion in the “Artsplosion” event.

Eligible performance pieces should be two to four minutes long, and entries must be received by Friday, July 31. All submissions meeting the requirements will be considered. There are approximately six performance spots available, and additional groups may be selected to be part of the opening and closing numbers. All those selected will be listed in the commemorative program.

Click here for more information or email ArtsplosionAtTheCenter@gmail.com.