[Vince] Schoemehl said the Grand Center Arts Academy is one of the projects he’s most proud of. When the academy first started in 2010, the school only hosted grades six and seven, and everything worked out of the Third Baptist Church on North Grand Boulevard. However, it was obvious that a new building was necessary for the program to expand and grow.
According to [Dan] Rubright, the board of directors for Confluence Charter Schools collaborated with Schoemehl and Grand Center Inc., as well as with the Lawrence Group, to make a deal to redevelop the old Carter Carburetor complex at 711 North Grand and turn it into a school. Now, in its new location, the Grand Center Arts Academy hosts 440 students, grades six through nine, and there is a waiting list for three grades. Since GCAA is located in Grand Center, students have the unique opportunity to go out in the community and experience all the forms of art surrounding them.You are invited to read this entire article, which will confirm that Grand Center is a perfect place for a vibrant new school for the performing and visual arts.