The walls have been painted. Workers were finishing laying the floor Wednesday so it can be painted black. Cabinets were being installed in the second-floor donor lounge.
A tour of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne's ArtsLab black box theater shows a lot of work in progress, but it all should be completed by Jan. 1, said Dan Ross, the arts organization's director of community development. Lighting and sound equipment will be installed the first two weeks of January.
The $1.6 million addition to the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St., should be all done in time for a Jan. 17 opening gala for donors and supporters, Ross said. A Fort Wayne Youtheatre performance Jan. 25 will be the first event there open to the public.
The space is designed to allow arts organizations to present creative performances, exhibits and other events. Interesting building features Ross mentioned during the tour include:
•The walls have been constructed of materials so arts organizations easily can hang art, stage scenery and other items from them.
•From the front entry and seating to the loading dock, ArtsLab is on one level and completely accessible for people with disabilities.
•Design plans preserved the kitchen that existed on the east side of the Auer Center's first floor so it can be used for catering events or as a place for performers to store or eat meals.