HCISD Performing Arts Center has grand opening

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 3:42pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 7:39am

And with the snip of that ribbon, the Harlingen CISD Performing Arts Center officially opened. That means the students of Harlingen will have more opportunities than ever before - starting with the Harlingen High School Jazz Band that kicked off the opening ceremonies for the event.

"What this performing Arts Center does is it allows our students to dream, but not only dream, but to make their dreams a reality," said HCISD superintendent, Steve Flores. "So having a facility like this leads them to understand that they can be at Carnegie Hall, they can be at Bass Concert Hall, they can be anywhere that they choose to be."

Before, the Harlingen CISD didn't have a facility that met the standards that allowed students to actually perform. But with this new performing arts center, people can stay here without outsourcing this to another district.

"Our students get to stay home for competitions that will allow them to compete not just locally, but at the state and national level," said Flores.

Essentially, having more arts and entertainment in the area will create more benefits for the City of Harlingen in several different realms.

"It's gonna be a great opportunity to fuel economic development and quality of life issues," said HCISD Board of Trustees President, George McShan. "We think that is going to be something that's going to attract people to this city."

Reporting in Harlingen, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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