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Performing Arts Center doing well

Kris Miller, Manager of the Amarillo Civic Center and the Performing Arts Center Kris Miller, Manager of the Amarillo Civic Center and the Performing Arts Center

Three years after the opening of the Globe News Center for the Performing Arts, the Center is doing well.

Some controversy surrounded the building during the fundraising era.  Some in Amarillo didn't see the value in its creation.  Disgruntled voices wondered why public money was used to support arts organizations that didn't necessarily appeal to the larger public taste.

It wasn't easy raising money to build the center.  The fact is of the estimated $30-million dollars it took to complete the center, only about $2.1 million came from the city's hotel tax.  No money was used from the general fund.  The vast majority came from private sources, and as it turns out, the center has been quite successful. 

Kris Miller, Manager of the Amarillo Civic Center and the Performing Arts Center says, "It's been doing great. You know, it's a very popular performing arts center. We've had a lot of interest, not only locally, we do have a lot of local things, but a lot of people from out of town."

Miller says many artists from out of town have commented on the beauty and the superb acoustics in the center.  He says last year alone, 85,097 people attended events in the center.

 

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