Prices reduced as new classes start Jan. 22

Release Date: 1/1/2001. Expired: 2/1/2001

The Renaissance Center will launch a new semester of classes Jan. 22 with most prices drastically cut to be even more affordable to the community.

Community classes in art, music and drama begin the 15-week spring 2001 semester the week of Jan. 22 and will run through May 12 with a week for spring break to correspond with the Dickson County school system.

“Our mission has always been to be able to offer quality life-enriching classes for people of all ages that are affordable to everyone,” said Doug Jackson, executive director of The Renaissance Center. “Because our professional classes in various computer-related fields have been so successful, this has enabled us to reduce the cost of our community classes in art, music and drama.”

Tuition for most group community classes has virtually been cut in half beginning with the spring semester. These classes include everything from art and drama classes to group music classes and Learning Lab tutoring sessions. Prices for private music lessons also have been reduced.

“We are not reducing anything about the substance of the classes,” Jackson said. “We still have a wonderful, professional faculty that is devoted to bringing quality enrichment classes to the public. After completing our first year in August, we have been able to assess how well our career development courses are going and use that area to subsidize most of our community offerings.”

A Spring 2001 Program Guide detailing all of the center’s offerings through May is now available. The new semester will kick off with an open house and registration drive on Jan. 6. The day will include free demonstrations of many of the center’s classes and shows and start a two-week class registration period.

In addition to the weekly community classes, The Renaissance Center will continue its highly successful Kids College program on Saturdays and initiate a new monthly feature called Super Saturdays. Kids College is themed programs for students in grades 1-8 held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. most Saturdays for just $5 per child. Participants must register by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before each session. Kids College resumes Jan. 27.

Super Saturdays will be held once a month and will consist of family oriented programs involving most departments at the center throughout the afternoon. Many of these days will include a slate of free activities culminated by an evening ticketed event such as a theatrical production or exciting CyberSphere shows.

“Kids College has been a tremendous success since its inception this fall,” said Brad Diamond, the new director of program development for The Renaissance Center. “Practically every session has been filled to maximum levels and we’ve had to create waiting lists. The kids have participated in fun and educational events involving most aspects of the center and we believe Kids College will be even better this spring.

“The new Super Saturdays are an expansion of what we did on occasion last year into a monthly event,” Diamond said. “Events such as Astronomy Day, our First Anniversary Celebration and Halloween were so well received that we are going to make them a monthly feature.”

Super Saturday kicks off with the open house and registration day Jan. 6 and most of the monthly events will follow on the third Saturday of each month with a few exceptions.

“We believe Super Saturdays will allow the community to get a first-hand sense of everything that we have to offer at The Renaissance Center, from classes and workshops to our many entertainment offerings,” Diamond said.

“The Renaissance Center truly has something for everyone,” Jackson said. “With our new community pricing, we believe that anybody can find and afford to participate in the most unique schedule of class offerings to be found anywhere.”

For more information on classes or registering, contact Laura Jackson at (615)740-5533. For more information on Kids College or Super Saturdays, contact Diamond at (615)740-5559. More information on all of the programs offered at The Renaissance Center is available on this web site.

The Renaissance Center is located at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just two miles north of Interstate 40. It is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to education, the arts and technology.