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The future of the arts

By By Lisa Tindell
Drama, comedy, dancing and music are all part of future plans at the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts Association’s new home.
Phil Johnson, director of the group, said work has begun to renovate the old Bateson’s Furniture store on Trammell Street.
Johnson said the renovation of the building will be costly even with members of the group and other volunteers providing labor.
Johnson said the group has plans to create a dance studio, art studio and a theatre stage for performances.
Funding for the renovation and furnishings is still not in place, Johnson said.
Johnson said work days are planned with the next workday in the next few weeks.
Although unskilled labor is always welcome, Johnson said skilled laborers are needed in several areas.
Johnson said monetary donations are needed to help get the building ready for a performance next month.
Johnson said the group will probably be performing in-the-round for their first production.
Johnson estimated seating costs to be about $2,000. Anyone interested in making a donation to help with renovation expenses or for furnishing costs make send them to GECA, 108 Thorndale Place, Atmore, AL 36502, GECA is a 501c3 organization, which means any financial contributions are tax deductible.