The public is being offered free tours of the new facility, which has been under construction for two years.
HART’s Executive Director Steve Lloyd proposed the expansion to his board in 2010. Architects Joe Sam Queen and Sarah Queen were engaged to design the new facility, which was envisioned as a flexible space that could be reconfigured for a variety of performance events. Fundraising began a year later and ground was finally broken in September 2014 and a major gift from Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer helped insure the project’s success. The new space is in the same style as HART’s existing space, the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House.
HART christened the new building in August with the Cirque Du HART fundraiser, but the plan was always to have an open house for the public as soon as the building was complete. The $1.2 million expansion has been mostly paid for through donations from HART patrons. HART is the number one attraction in Waynesville and the new facility will make it possible for the organization to expand its programming.