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Abilene Arts community supports Lincoln revitalization

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 02 2012 06:05:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Nov 02 2012 09:10:41 PM CDT
Lincoln Middle School
ABILENE, Texas -

The Cultural Affairs Council, an organization that promotes the arts in Abilene, is supportive of anyone who's interested in purchasing Lincoln Middle School, but ideally would like to see some sort of arts included in any future project.   

Abilene is home to many art attractions including: The Paramount Theater, The Center for Contemporary Arts and The Grace Museum just to name a few.

But without the support of the community some of them wouldn't be here today.  

"I'm telling you it was real close to being turned into a parking lot," Mayor Norm Archibald said. "I think a lot of people have taken great interest in this school that sits on one of our main thoroughfares."

If Lincoln Middle School includes some type of art facility the Cultural Affairs Council can help, according to Executive Dir. Lynn Barnett.  

"We just want to support the effort that's going on to renovate it because it is such a historic building and I think it would be such an asset for downtown to have it," Barnett said.

And the downtown area attracts people, especially because of the arts.
       
"If the buildings had not been beautifully restored," Barnett said. "I think Abilene's downtown would look a lot more like many of the other downtown areas we see in Texas."