Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Immersive Media Performing Arts Center (iMPAC) at the Harrison County Campus on February 25. IMPAC provides a venue for performances, events, conferences, and meetings unlike any other in the region. It is the premier performance facility on the Coast and a training ground for live-performance professionals.
In addition, MGCCC and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra signed an agreement to make iMPAC the orchestra’s new home. Since 1962, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra has brought live classical music to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Along with Music director Dr. Peter Rubardt, there are 72 musicians.
“The opening of iMPAC is something our entire college family has anticipated since the beginning of construction,” said Dr. Cedric Bradley, vice president of the Harrison County Campus. “We are looking forward to the many wonderful performances and events that will enhance learning for our students and provide opportunities for cultural, educational, and professional events for both students and our communities.”
IMPAC is one of three Innovation Locations at MGCCC campuses, including the Hospitality Resort Management Center at the Harrison County Campus and the Estuarine Education Center at the Jackson County Campus. These locations provide coastal residents and students the opportunity to experience a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities.