Mary G Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsden

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On the corner of Fifth and Broad in historic downtown Gadsden sits an unusual building. Its triangular shape and enormous cylinder have come to stand for the educational opportunities and endless entertainment the arts bring to a community. The Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, under the direction of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, opened in 1990, and today more than 100,000 people visit the exhibits, performances and functions held at the Center each year.

The Hardin Center is home to

Three galleries that feature a wide range of changing national and local exhibits.

Centerstage Presents sponsors dinner theaters, courtyard concerts, chamber music and more.

Imagination Place Children’s Museum located adjacent to the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in the historic Kyle Building. IPCM reaches thousands of children through museum visits and educational outreach.

The Gadsden Community School for the Arts which offers instruction in strings, woodwind, brass, voice and more.

The Downtown Dance Conservatory which offers quality classical ballet and contemporary dance education. With an enrollment of over 400 students, the dancers are trained in the renowned syllabus work of the Royal Academy of Dance.

The nationally celebrated Etowah Youth Orchestras featuring 300 talented young musicians.
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  • The Hardin Center for Cultural Arts is "the" place for hosting an event in Etowah County (AL), in my opinion. The facilities are clean, and there is enough room for just about any gathering (big or.....  more »
  • We love this center. The exhibits are always must see and the center is home to many events. Today we enjoyed mimosas, a sampling of jambalaya and a sampling of shrimp and grits while listening to a....  more »
  • Great place to bring your imagination driven kids. My four year old could spend hours playing in thier pretend town. Everything is child proof and child friendly.
  • Wonderful place to be involved with. My children have taken ballet and music lessons there. The only problem is the parking. The lot can get crowded and you may have a walk a ways. Not good when raining.

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