College Dedicates Art and Communication Center
“Sometimes you reach the promised land,” said Professor John Bakker at the dedication of the long-awaited Art and Communication Center (ARCC) at Trinity Christian College on Friday, October 3.
Bakker, an art professor at the College for more than 25 years, is one of the many professors, students, and administrators who have long envisioned a facility that would provide students with access to new technologies in communication and creative options for theater and art.
Many gathered in front of the new ARCC, knowing that the dedication marked, not just the opening of a new campus building, but a place providing more opportunities for each student to learn how to become a distinct Christian voice in media and to be proactive in redeeming culture through the arts.
The center’s art department features a gallery and space for teaching photography, painting, graphic design, and print-making. The building also houses a 200-seat “black box” theater, scene shop, costume shop, green room, makeup studio, and light/sound booth. Communication students will be able to use a state-of-the-art computer lab, editing suites, web broadcasting studios, and a broadcast booth.
“Our students now have a place that is better equipped to prepare them for life after Trinity, and to offer them a richer experience while they are here,” said John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts, after thanking the many whose efforts built the ARCC.
The ARCC will serve the broader community with the art gallery and theater, and the College plans to host such events as a community art show, a summer theater company in residence, traveling shows, and children’s theater.
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