"Have you ever wanted a dream to come true? Well we did. This dream has been going on for about 8 years but for the last 4 years there has been a really dedicated response to it." Says Mack Gibson, Chairman of Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Complex.
Hundreds of people gathered in troy on Sunday for the grand opening of The Johnson Center for the Arts.
A lot of time and effort was put in to transform a 98 year old U.S. Post Office into the first cultural arts center for the city of troy.
"This was the gathering place early on in the 1900s and then all of a sudden the town outgrew the facility and they built a new one and it left this building here." Says Gibson.
Troy mayor Jimmy Lunsford says this is one of the steps to downtown revitalization, and hopes to see a lot of traffic coming through the city.
"The communities die so small town America must preserve its downtowns and this art center ties our new complex where we have spent several million dollars to make it state of the art." Says Mayor Lunsford.
Organizers are thrilled to have Andy Warhol as one of the first big names into the museum and they hope to have more file in soon after.
"We are going to rotate all of our 7 exhibits right now we are very aware of the fact that we are not old enough to have our own collection, and so we are going to take our time with that." Says Richard Metzger, Executive Director of Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Complex
Transforming the old post office into the arts center cost about 2 million dollars, most of which was funded by a low interest loan issued by the USDA Rural Development.
The Johnson Center for the Arts is located on East Walnut Street in downtown Troy.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sundays from 1 to 5.
Admission is always free.
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