Computers would open doors for city youth

Conn said that the acquisition of up-to-date software could bolster the center's arts offerings. She hopes the program will include exposure to various careers in the arts, including electronic music composition, television and film production, screenwriting, advertising, animation and Web site development.

Conn said the new computers would also be hooked up to the Internet.

Tony Gaddy, a spokesman for the arts center, said he's not immediately sure when the computers will be bought. He said the center would have to wait for the funds to arrive from the state before purchasing equipment.

He also said the upgraded computers are part of a larger initiative to expand and improve the arts center's building and deteriorating parking lot.

Conn and Gaddy said they would appeal to the state for additional funds before embarking on that project.""

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