City sets guidelines for Art Council's use of Cannon Centre

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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The sound system and multi-media screen were being tested in the Cannon Centre in GreerToday as the final tune-ups are being conducted before next week’s public dedication.

Jim Fair

The sound system and multi-media screen were being tested in the Cannon Centre in GreerToday as the final tune-ups are being conducted before next week’s public dedication.



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Signage is posted at Cannon Centre to steer visitors around the $1 million complex.

Jim Fair

Signage is posted at Cannon Centre to steer visitors around the $1 million complex.

Greer City Council Tuesday night approved (6-0, Lee Dumas absent) a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Greer Cultural Arts Council (GCAC) for the use of Cannon Centre. Greer’s cultural arts falls under the Parks and Recreation department. To view the memorandum go to 07/10/12 Regular meeting, click on the PDF and scroll through pages 14-18.

The Cannon Centre, formerly the Horace McKown, Jr. Center, was renovated for $1 million.

The multi-purpose complex hosts its first event, the ‘Que Ball, on Thursday July 19. Tickets are $50 and include food from Mutt’s BBQ and bluegrass music by the Wooden Nickel Band. The dedication, free to the public, is Sunday, July 22 at 3-6 p.m.

City Administrator Ed Driggers promised “shock and awe” surprises.

Driggers and city attorney John Duggan manufactured the memorandum that defines how and when the GCAC can use the facility. P&R Supervisor Ann Cunningham reviewed the document with council. No changes were suggested. Driggers said the arts council suggested changes that were incorporated into the document and approved. No GCAC members were at the city council meeting.

The city granted GCAC two theatrical productions per year, none more than 15 days. Camp Ark will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday for two consecutive weekends.

The city earns 10 percent of profits earned from the GCAC operations.

Cunningham said the Greer Cultural Arts staff would be responsible for setup and cleanup. The city, as owner of the facility, retains primary booking rights.

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