Austin ISD aims to finish Performing Arts Center construction in 2014

Jul 23, 2014
Impact News

Construction is well underway at Austin ISD’s new districtwide Performing Arts Center, where AISD students will be able to sing, dance, perform and display their art when it opens in 2015


Work on the 68,000-square-foot center, located at 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd., is about 70 percent complete and slated to be finished by November, said Greg Goodman, director of AISD's fine arts department


Goodman gave local media a tour of the construction site July 22. He noted other area school districts, such as Hays CISD and Round Rock ISD, have performing arts centers, but noted AISD’s is one of the only ones with dedicated dance space, visual arts accommodations and an on-site recording studio


Austin voters approved the construction of the new districtwide Performing Arts Center as part of the $343.7 million 2008 bond program. The district looked for a centrally located site, broke ground on the facility in the Mueller development Aug. 6., and has scheduled grand opening events for Jan. 22–24, Goodman said


School groups throughout the district can reserve the facility for student performances and events, he said. The district will also allow AISD stakeholders such as principals and staff to use the facility for professional development and large meetings. Starting Sept. 1, the district will open the center to reservations by non-AISD organizations, but the top priority is student performances and classes, he said


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