Clovis Community College opens new downtown performing arts center


AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – The Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center opened this week in the Mesa Theater building.

Created in 1925 for downtown films, it burned down twice during reconstruction.

Used as a recording studio for producer Norman Petty in the 1960s, many artists worked in the building until it closed in the 1990s.

Since 2003, he has belonged to Clovis Community College.

The purpose of the installation is for us to hold our cultural arts series here in Clovis, and also to [hold] some of our acting and music classes at the facility, ”said Norman Kia, COO at Clovis Community College.

Nearly $ 900,000 was raised by public and private donors to reopen this building.

The director of the cultural arts series, Christy Mendoza, says it will make more art accessible to the community.

“This place will help our main street, our downtown, become more vital and more usable for the community,” said Mendoza. “It brings people in.”

The college hopes students will use the facility in the spring, and Mendoza is already considering how the community can take advantage of this new location.

They are still raising funds to revitalize other sections of the building so that they are usable.

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William E. Bennett