Paris will soon be home to the new Paris Performing and Visual Arts Center, which will officially open Thursday, Jan. 16.

Paris Performing and Visual Arts Center has been a 20-year project in the making for Paris resident Linda Hamilton. After years of planning, Hamilton decided to take the plunge and open an arts center to the public.

“This is a big move for us. Starting an arts center has been a dream of mine for so long,” said Hamilton.

The center, PAC, as it’s called, is located at 3216 East Walnut Street and already has events booked through the end of 2020, starting with adult painting classes on Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This center will also include dramatic theater, community discussions and writing workshops — something for everyone.

Every second Saturday of the month, from 9 a.m. until noon, the Second Saturday Sessions will be held for children that will host art projects, dance and more.

Hamilton also has a Valentine banquet scheduled for Feb. 14 and a Medieval banquet on April 18 and is currently working on dramas and Murder Mystery Dinner’s for the community.

“Our goal for Paris and Logan County is strengthening its status as a destination for experiencing arts and culture,” said Hamilton.

“Children need fine arts. It makes an incredible difference all through their life,” said Hamilton.

Getting children involved helps to bring out their talents, she added.

Hamilton said that she wants to bring arts to the Paris region so that the community will have the opportunity to experience the art culture.

The PAC will be run and operated by a 12-member board, including Hamilton as the executive director, Melba Gray, Dr. Glenda Ezell, Amber Michels, Leslie Maddox, Darlene Hudson, Lee Lane, John Parr, Bristol Chilton, Ella Comeaux, Tinker Matthews, and Miranda Holman.

An open house and art walk is scheduled for Feb. 9 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. A ribbon-cutting will be scheduled at a later time.