When Jim Rouse envisioned Columbia he thought that the center of the town needed an attraction that that would bring people from out of town to Columbia. He had looked at how the Grona Lund Tivoli Amusement Park in Stockholm Sweden brought a sense of fun to that city. While not necessarily looking to recreate an exact duplicate for Columbia he did look at how a top class museum or cultural arts center could bring people from around the United States and the World to his new city. While other aspects of Rouse's city have come to fruition the cultural/entertainment center has largely been forgotten. Now that maybe corrected with the development of plans for a Cultural Arts Center.
This Center is being proposed by Orchard Development Corporation. The plans call for a new home for Toby's Dinner Theatre, the Howard County Arts Council, Visual Arts Center and the home of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Additionally there is proposed affordable housing for artists. To read more about the plans click on this link.
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