Our New Home
In the fifty year history of The ArtsCenter, one of the only constants has been change. And no change will be as exciting as the upcoming move to our new home, just two blocks from our current location. The new ArtsCenter will thrive in a newly-remodeled, state-of-the-art facility at 400 Roberson Street that will usher in our next 50 years.
The new ArtsCenter will be a landmark of creative expression nestled within walking distance of downtown shops, restaurants, the new Orange County library and more. With plenty of parking, we’ll be able to even better serve the visitors from all 100 NC counties and beyond, allowing tourists and locals alike to “make a day of it” when visiting The ArtsCenter and exploring all that Carrboro has to offer. Proximity to The Libba Cotten Trail, bike paths and pocket parks will provide a natural backdrop and a creative muse.
By thoughtfully repurposing an existing building we are practicing sustainable development, which is itself a creative expression. The renovated structure will include green design features, purpose-built and adaptable spaces suited for modern technologies and windows (!), something crucial to creativity that has been lacking in our current space.
Made for Makers
The new space will house three distinct makers spaces:
The Youth Education Center will occupy a large portion of the building and will include the STEAM Lab where students of all ages will have access to cutting edge technologies, materials, mentors and inspiration.
The Technology Center will allow artists to enhance their craft with next-generation audio and video technologies including green screens, video projectors and large monitors.
The Fiber Arts Lab is where fiber artists will have access to equipment which would otherwise be cost-prohibitive. Artisans will be able to enrich their craft through the use of industrial sewing machines, laser cutters, sewing tables and digital fabric printers.
So Much More Than a Building
There will also be a larger pottery studio and gallery, multiple studios and community gathering spaces. Flexible performance spaces with modern, high-tech features will allow for the improved hosting of community theater performances, concerts and cabarets, youth performances, films, spoken word events, and bluegrass jams. A new emphasis on Digital Arts and Creative Lab spaces seeks to not only teach new tools and technologies, but also to foster greater peer-to-peer collaboration and creative decision making.
Moving & Improving
The ArtsCenter continues to be fueled by the same grassroots spirit that led to its founding in 1975. Now more than ever, The ArtsCenter will be shaped by the community and the creative interests of its expanding audiences. The journey continues.