MGCCC receives grant to build performing arts center

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MGCCC's Immersive Media Performing Arts Center, which will be completed by the end of 2020.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College received a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts – Arts Engagement in American Communities grant for the Immersive Media Performing Arts Center at the Harrison County Campus.  The grant will be used to produce a multi-faceted celebration of local art in conjunction with the opening of the center.

“We will use the celebration as an opportunity to introduce the new facility to the community, but also as a way to showcase our community’s artists,” said Lisa Bradley Palermo, director of Business Development at the Hospitality Resort Management Center. “Their demonstrations will be representative of the types of displays, functions, shows and other events we will feature at iMPAC over time.”

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While construction of the 54,000-square-foot iMPAC facility will be completed before the end of the year, events will not be scheduled until after January 1, 2021.  The facility will include a 1,200-seat theater that will be used for community and college events and programs, and will provide students a space to train and explore technology in several existing and new program areas.

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