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Letters to the Editor - August 25, 2009

Performing Arts Center an asset to

the county

To the editor:

In response to a letter by Barbara Horn, of Jonesboro, on Aug.19.

I have read with interest your letter to the editor, in which you stated your opinion on the lack of use of the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center.

I want to thank you for your concern. It is assuring and uplifting to realize that members of the community have a strong interest in the cultural pulse of Clayton County. That you would take time to write the paper shows your attentiveness to the cultural and educational concerns of the citizens.

Although your concerns are appreciated, I felt I needed to address the present situation of the building. You are correct in stating that the "building appears empty." For the first time in 19 years, the Performing Arts Center has been closed (for the last 60 days), due to renovation of the HVAC, fire alarm, and security systems, and painting of the interior lobby.

The Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center is a world-class venue. Since opening the doors in 1990, we have produced and presented more than 18,000 events.

Events at the venue are always guided by the goals of the school system and community interests. We are committed to offering a balanced season of shows. Performances include ballet, community productions, world-renowned concerts, such as the Harlem Gospel Choir, Hall of Fame groups, such as the Impressions, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Atlanta Ballet, the Drifters, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as Hispanic and multi-cultural concerts.

We have produced Broadway shows in the last 15 years that included students and citizens of the community. Productions this year include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Footloose."

Please notice our calendar of events listed on our web site at www.clayton.k12.ga.us/pac.

In September, the PAC is hosting 15 events that are open to the public, featuring a free concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. During October, we are presenting "Alice in Wonderland," "Junie B. Jones," and "Einstein."

Highlighting that month, we have the Third Annual Legends of the Doo Wop, featuring Jerry and the Skyliners.

Our mission today is the same as 18 years ago: to produce and present the best of theatre, concerts, and events metro Atlanta has to offer. Please join us at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center for one of our world-class concerts, plays, ballets or symphonies.

DR. ANITA LLOYD

Coordinator

Clayton County Schools

Performing Arts Center