Public invited to Paramount School of the Arts grand opening on June 1

The new Paramount School of the Arts will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 1, 2019, a date that will launch a new era for the live performing arts in downtown Aurora.

Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave., is Aurora’s new destination for performing arts education for all ages, located right next to downtown Aurora’s beautiful Paramount Theatre. The new school is an anchor tenant in the new John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center, formerly Waubonsee Community College’s downtown location. Following completion of a $35 million renovation, Paramount School of the Arts is just days away from its rebirth as downtown Aurora’s newest crown jewel.

On Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m., officials with Paramount Theatre, The Community Builders Inc., the City of Aurora, Invest Aurora, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the Dunham Fund and other key supporters will gather in front of Aurora’s new Paramount School of the Arts for an official ribbon cutting and celebration.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the school will open its doors to the public for the first time and host a free, fun-filled Open House for the entire family.
Activities include tours of the school’s new classroom, rehearsal and performance spaces, meet and greets with teaching artists and staff, and free classes for all ages, from six months to seniors. Sample classes include Hip Hop, Broadway, Ballet and Jazz, with Sample Improvisation and Sample Kindermusik classes going on all day.

Games, refreshments and free prizes are also part of the school’s big debut. Large crowds are anticipated with more than 700 people already RSVPd for the Open House. Learn more and register online via the school’s new website,ParamountSchoolofTheArts.com.