It was a statement said often Wednesday — but one worth repeating on the night the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center opened.
“I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the emergence of New Brunswick has run in parallel with the emergence and the growth of our arts community,” New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill said. “The arts have been a transformative force, serving as an economic engine fueling the heart and soul of our community.
“This remarkable space will launch the next chapter in the history of arts and culture in New Brunswick.”
And add a great deal to the New Brunswick economy — money that will have a trickle-down impact on the residents, he said.
“The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, with its facilities designed to maximize use for performance, rehearsals and planning, will lure even more patrons to enjoy our arts houses, dine at our restaurants and enjoy our hospitality and nightlife, with the revenue generated helping to keep our mission of community revitalization always moving forward,” Cahill said.