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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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BY THE NUMBERS:

- 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

PARKING:

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

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

NEW SPACE, OLD HAT:

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.

PERMANENT COLLECTION:

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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