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Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2005 3:10 am | Updated: 7:18 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

When, where, parking, cost and other odds and ends about the MAC.

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- Ground breaking: May 20, 2002

- Opening: Classes, June 6, 2005

- Theaters: Fall, 2005

- Size: 205,600 square feet on seven acres

- Capital funding: $94.5 million

- Structures: Three buildings incorporating four theaters (1,600-seat Tom and Janet Ikeda Theater, 550-seat Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater, 200-seat Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse Theater and 99-seat Anita Cox Farmhouse Studio), five art galleries, 14 visual and performing arts studios, plus various offices, meeting spaces and lecture halls.

- Annual number of performances: 600 to 800

- Annual number of classes: 700


There is limited parking on the MAC campus and a parking garage immediately behind the neighboring Mesa Bank/Mesa Public Schools building. There are 2,000 free spaces within two blocks of the center, administrators say.


Mesa Contemporary Arts galleries are below street level on the MAC campus, with galleries spread throughout the building.


Since 1981, Mesa Contemporary Arts has presented, curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. MCA also has a collection containing nearly 200 objects in all media. Before moving into the new 8,400-square-foot underground exhibition space at the Mesa Arts Center, MCA exhibited art in two converted classrooms of an old school.


The Mesa Contemporary Arts collection contains nearly 200 objects in all media, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography and decorative arts objects, all presented in a series of exhibitions in the SRP Permanent Collection Gallery.

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