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Cain at the one-year mark: Downtown Cornelius transforming

Cain Center Ribbon cutting one year ago

Jan. 3. [One year anniversary] The Cain Center for the Arts, on its first anniversary, is being celebrated as a gathering place and economic development driver.

Paul Newton, Cain Center Board president and chair, said the founders and benefactors of the $25 million facility knew it would be much more than a beautiful building.

Paul Newton

Community hub

“It has become a hub of excitement for performances, programs, and art exhibits. And it also serves as an economic driver for future development in the blossoming arts district, creating a high bar for inspiration and creativity,” Newton said.

The 400-seat theater, which includes an art gallery and classrooms, officially opened its doors one year ago today.

Gala event

There will be a first anniversary gala Saturday evening featuring Broadway great Mandy Gonzalez on Saturday. Tickets to the event, which includes an open bar, stationed meal and the performance, are $150 to $200.


“As we reflect on our inaugural year, I am grateful for the collective dedication that has laid the foundation for success,” Newton said. “As board president and chair, I’m confident our journey will be marked by innovation, growth, and ongoing collaboration with our community.

—Cornelius residents Ericka and Bill Cain made a foundational $5 million gift in 2018.

Bill, Ericka Cain