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Hundreds of people turned out Sunday afternoon for the grand opening of the Evanston Art Center’s new building at 1717 Central St.

With the art center nearly 90 percent of the way to its $2.5 million capital campaign goal, the group showed off the renovated, formerly vacant office building located in a newly-revitalized section of Central Street just east of the Metra tracks.

In an effort to broaden its appeal to kids, the art center is running a series of Einstein by Design tech classes including one in which youngsters ages 12 to 14 can build their own drone airplane.

But there also are dozens of classes in more conventional art topics from watercolr and oil painting through jewelry and pottery making for young people and adults.

The center also offers programs in filmmaking and digital photography as well as a special program targeted to would-be artists with mobility limitations or other disability issues.

The art center was formerly located in the city-owned Harley Clarke mansion. More information about its programs is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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