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Midlands Arts Centre Opens Following 15 Million Pound Transformation

BIRMINGHAM.- MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), the pioneering Birmingham arts centre, opened its doors to the public on 1 May 2010, following a two year £15 million expansion and refurbishment programme. Set in the 8.6 acre Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham, MAC was the brainchild of local philanthropist John English, the theatre writer and director, and his wife Alicia (Mollie) Randle. It was one of the first of a wave of arts centre developments in the 1960s, which sought to bring the arts out of conventional museums and theatres and into the heart of local communities. Since its original conception as a centre for children and young people, MAC has grown to reach out to all ages and backgrounds in the community and is widely regarded as the most successful arts centre in the country, with more than half a million visitors a year drawn from across the whole of the West Midlands. It has played a creative role in the early stage of th