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Empire Arts Executive Director Emily Burkland smiles after the official ribbon cutting at Studio E in the basement of Empire Arts Center Wednesday night during the new black box theatre's inaugural show by local artist Adam Kemp. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald

Empire Arts Center reveals Studio E

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Empire Arts Center reveals Studio E
Grand Forks North Dakota 375 2nd Ave. N. 58203

With black walls, black floor, a black ceiling and filled with art, the basement of the Empire Arts Center looked different Wednesday night.

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And it will continue to look different as the Empire’s new evolving space, Studio E.

Over the past year, Empire staff worked to convert their basement into a black box theater, which is a simple, all-black space meant to be transformed for several types of events.

“It’s meant to be used as a flexible performance space,” said Emily Burkland, executive director of the Empire.

Studio E has already been used informally as rehearsal space and for receptions, but its first official event was the Kempire Pop Up Art Party, a one-night art exhibit of local artist Adam Kemp on Wednesday.

Kemp said Studio E was “perfect” for his art. “I rarely get to see my art like this. … It’s fun,” he said.

About 40 to 50 people were at the event Wednesday, and many wrote their ideas of what Studio E could be used for on poster paper outside the exhibit.

Some of the ideas written down included: knitting club, band practice and dinner theater.

Burkland said she is excited for all of the different ways Studio E can be used, adding that it lends itself to some of the Empire Theatre Company’s contemporary productions.

Upcoming events at Studio E include an art exhibit by Peter Stevenson Aug. 11-16 and the Empire Theatre Company’s production of “Doubt: A Parable” in October.

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Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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