ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany State University hopes a new fine arts building will become a reality soon on campus
$1.8 Million in design money is in the governor's proposed state budget for this year. To build it will cost another $27 Million.
Critics question the need for a performance center since the university could use the municipal auditorium downtown at little cost.
Arts and Humanities Dean Dr. LeRoy Bynum says plans for a performance center at ASU are on hold for now. He says the college definitely needs new classroom and office space and the downtown theater can't provide that.
"It certainly won't meet our need in terms of what we're trying to do with the Ray Charles Fine Arts Center, because we're wanting to educated students and have classrooms and space for our faculty as well as our students to be and that theatre is a wonderful theatre, but that's basically all it is."
Dr. Bynum says if the university needs to use a theatre before a one is built on campus, they can utilize the municipal auditorium.