Last summer I started doing a little research. Knowing that we’d be saying goodbye to the C.E. Elementary School building that has been home to ACMA since it opened in 1992, I began poking into closets, searching old files, and combing the collective memory of the alumni and staff who had been on campus in years gone by. My hope was to find a few stories worth telling, tales that captured a bit of what it was like both in the years when Arts & Communication was young, and even farther back, reaching into history to know a little more about the school as it was closer to its opening in 1949.
Along the way I met some incredible people, heard stories that touched my heart (and more than a few that made me laugh aloud), and came to an even greater appreciation of our little school.
Each week from August until June I posted a slice of the history online, and since a couple of folks asked to see the whole shooting match, I collect it here.
If you’ve got a rainy evening or long summer afternoon and feel like hearing a few tales from Center Street, the PDF provides -in roughly chronological order- some stories that hint at the magic that is ACMA.
Far from a complete chronology, these snapshots offer a taste of what was happening on campus from 1949-2019, a glimpse of the world gone by. Out there in our community and beyond are more stories, scores more, that would make you cry, make you smile, and make you shake your head as you whispered “I can’t believe it” even though you could.
This is ACMA, after all, where anything can happen, and might already have.