Grand Opening Soon For East Chicago Performing Arts Center
August 4, 2014 — The long-closed former Carnegie Library at 3605 Grand Blvd. in East Chicago is scheduled to reopen in about three weeks as a School of Performing Arts.
Spokesman Steve Segura told the Lakeshore’s Chris Nolte that the 70-year-old Carnegie Library closed in 1983 and the idea for a performing arts school came up before Copeland was elected Mayor. But he says Copeland took up the uncompleted program and found the funds to finish the work.
Copeland says the lower level of the building will house a children’s museum in which artwork from East Chicago children will be featured.
Former East Chicago Central High School choir and drama teacher Leon Kendrick will be the school’s first executive director. Segura says Kendrick just retired from the high school and has the right spirit and drive to make the center a success.
Segura says initial plans call for the performing arts center to host a play, and then classes will begin sometime this fall. The major goal, though, is to bring about a major arts initiative in East Chicago that will bring out the talents of its young residents.
[Photo: the Carnegie Library is it appeared in early years, courtesy city of East Chicago]