The Municipal Arts Center (MAC) was designed to provide a permanent home for the Municipal Band, along its music library and equipment and to offer meeting and rehearsal space to other community arts organizations. The building features office space for the Band, and a large rehearsal hall suitable acoustically for both instrumental and vocal ensembles, with a floor that accommodates dance groups of all types.
The space is also suitable for recitals, lectures, meetings and chamber concerts. The building has a multi-purpose meeting room that can accommodate many types of meetings and provides limited space for food preparation. The three main floors of the building are handicapped accessible via elevator, and there is an enclosed loading dock area for deliveries and equipment transfer. A conference and Board room provides comfortable meeting and planning space. The building also offers storage and rental office space to non-Band groups.
Funds for construction of the Municipal Arts Center initially came from a variety of public and private sources, foundation grants, local arts organizations and generous donations from Band members and loyal members of the community who regularly attend performances by the Band. Thanks to a generous gift from a local private foundation, the balance on the mortgage was paid in full in 2009–well ahead of schedule! The Band will continue fundraising for Band and Municipal Arts Center needs, and to establish an endowment to support and increase its musical activities and to maintain and operate the Municipal Arts Center. The generosity of the Band’s friends and supporters in the Charlottesville – Albemarle community has been critical to the band, and we are truly grateful to everyone who has helped us over the years.
The design for the multi-use facility was realized by the architectural firm of Laramore and Associates, AIA, under the guidance of principal architect and Municipal Band member Joseph C. Laramore, Jr. Construction of the building was accomplished by Goldsmith Construction, Inc., under the overall supervision of Municipal Band member Joseph M. Goldsmith. Construction of the building took about a year and a half. Formal dedication of the building occurred in September 2000.