Groundbreaking Saturday for UMF art center


FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington invites the public to the official groundbreaking for the new Emery Community Arts Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, on the lawn next to Merrill Hall.

The innovative 15,000-square-foot arts center, named in honor of local arts enthusiasts Ted and Marguerite Emery, is designed by designLAB Architects of Boston and was made possible through a $5 million gift from an anonymous benefactor.

During the ceremony, Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president; Janet Mills, Maine Attorney General; Alison Hagerstrom, executive director of Greater Franklin Development Corp.; and members of the planning committee will speak.

A reception will follow in Nordica Auditorium featuring live entertainment, refreshments and a chance to view the building plans. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place rain or shine.

Emery Community Arts Center, which is expected to debut mid-2011, will offer opportunities for expression in the arts and is designed to complement UMF’s Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, creating a cultural center for the region and a welcoming doorway to the UMF campus.