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Witness a new arts scene breaking out in Old Pompano Beach

Bailey Contemporary Arts, a new studio and exhibition space in Old Pompano Beach that has struck a programming partnership with the team that put Delray Beach’s Arts Garage on the cultural map, will introduce itself to the community with an open house and street party on Wednesday.

The open house at BaCA (41 NE First St.) takes place 5-8 p.m., when the street will be closed for a performance by Shod (once known as Double Trouble), art, food trucks and complimentary wine from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The evening is co-hosted by the Creative City Collaborative, which made the Arts Garage into a destination for a wide variety of local and national jazz, soul and hip-hop performers, theater and poetry readings, performing-arts instruction and camps, and other cultural gatherings.

BaCA, known as the Bailey Hotel before a $1.2 million renovation, will have its formal opening in May. It includes eight visual-arts studios, plus spaces for a range of arts instruction, including film and digital programs.

With an appreciative nod to the remodeled hotel (“a beautiful job”) and similar work going on nearby in the historic Ali Building, CCC executive director Alyona Ushe says she’s excited to promote some “intercounty” arts pollination.

“Old Pompano Beach has so much potential for arts and culture, which could be a huge economic driver,” she says.

A new restaurant from the owners of Delray Beach’s popular 32 East is going in across the street from BaCA.

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