New midtown arts middle renamed ‘Clara’

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 2:24 AM

The dignitary-rich morning ceremony was also the unveiling of the center’s new title “Clara Midtown.”“Here we can have a collision of creativity,” said Rep.

New midtown arts middle renamed ‘Clara’

A packed room of supporters were on hand Wednesday as arts backers “raised the curtain” on the city’s new performing arts center. The dignitary-rich morning ceremony was also the unveiling of the center’s new title “Clara Midtown.”

“Here we can have a collision of creativity,” said Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, who was on hand for the grand opening celebration.

The opening of the arts middle comes after several years of failed attempts to construct a replacement studio space for the Sacramento Ballet. Clarie Midtown takes over the long unoccupied Fremont Adult School at two thousand four hundred-twentieth north Street.

The middle had been known as the E. Claire Raley Studios for Performing Arts. The new title still honors the late mother of Joyce Raley Teel, the center’s largest individual contributor. The “Claire” and “Raley” names have been combined to form “Clara.”

In a scarce public appearance, Teel said she was honored to have a building that lives up to her mother’s spunk. Despite growing up poor, she said, her mother had an affinity for the arts and never stopped learning. She learned to fly at fiftieth and to play the piano at sixtieth, Teel said.

“She is the one that made me like beautiful music.”

Below an agreement with the Sacramento City Unified School District, the city of Sacramento pays $1 for a 40-year lease of the former facility. The city is sub-lease the building to the new nonprofit operating company formed to running the site. Clara Midtown is residence to Alliance Francaise, Brazilian Middle for Cultural Exchange, Capital Stage, McKeever School of Irish Dance, Sacramento Ballet and Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy.

Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen said the city’s support speaks well of Sacramento.

“We care not only about sports,” he said, “we care about the arts.”

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