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Jul 15, 2010 7:03 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Acadiana Center for the Arts Turns to City for Help

City council members got a sneak peak of the newest addition to the Acadiana Center for the Arts facility, for now it's wires and drywall, but soon it will be one of only a few integrated arts centers in the United States.

Phillip Gould, secretary for the Acadiana Center for the Arts board of directors, said, "It's a state of the art facility, it's going to be enjoyed by countless amounts of people who come here."

One of the newest elements is a theatre. Soon this room will be able to hold more than 300 people and host anything from Community Theater to weddings.

A new atrium and cafe are also being added

The 20 million dollar facility has been paid for by state tax dollars, but director's say they need funding to operate.

Gould said, "It's a great building, its worth every cent but it doesn't run on its own."

Executive Director for the Acadiana Center for the Arts facility, Gerd Wuesteman, said "an important thing for this community to properly fund or more sufficiently fund art endeavors."

Wuesteman is asking council members for 500 thousand dollars.

"It gets more and more difficult for cultural businesses to do what they do," he said. "Could we envision life here without festivals for instance?"

City-Parish President, Joey Durel, "we are going to have to work very hard on the budget to see what we can do, but at the same time we have no choice."

Durel says there's no-choice because the city owns the building. The center will find out if they will receive funding in September.

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