Groundbreaking Saturday for UMF art center

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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.

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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.

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