VSU to build new performing arts center

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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 12, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga.. (WCTV) -- New opportunities for those who love the arts could soon be headed to Valdosta.

Valdosta State University is looking to build a brand new, multi-million dollar performing arts center.

The Board of Regents has voted to recommend designing plans for the new arts center. It would be built where the old Ashley Cinema building now stands, near Ashley Street and Northside Drive.

The estimated $18-million project would mean more space for VSU theatre and dance programs, as well as opportunities for technology upgrades for set designs and lighting.

Right now, the Peach State Summer Theatre shares a space inside the VSU Fine Arts building. The new facility would be home to the show series, which attracts people from all over the region, provide more seating and allow space for an orchestra.

"We're really committed through that program to making Valdosta a tourism destination, that's one of our mission statements for Peach State Summer Theatre. We're very interested to see what can happen with all those things," said PSST! Artistic Director Jacque Wheeler.

The recommendation from the Board of Regents now goes to the Governor's Office. If approved, the school will then have to go back again for approval of construction.

If all steps of the project receive approval, the arts center could be open for the 2021-2022 school year.