When Arnie Thies, owner of Hilliard's Tripleforce Artistic Center, 3979 Parkway Lane, decided he would not renew his lease at the end of this month, the current tenants of the building faced having to scramble to find new homes.

When Arnie Thies, owner of Hilliard's Tripleforce Artistic Center, 3979 Parkway Lane, decided he would not renew his lease at the end of this month, the current tenants of the building faced having to scramble to find new homes.

Ralph and Beth Butts, members of the board of directors of Bread and Circus Theatre Company, came to their rescue when they decided to take on the facility in an attempt to continue to provide a venue for artists to rehearse and perform.

The center is being renamed, "Harmony Artistic Center" and will provide three studio/theater areas -- sized at 475 square feet, 1,050 square feet, and 2,400 square feet -- for rehearsals, classes and performance areas that can accommodate seating for 250 patrons.

Tripleforce was started as the brainchild of Thies and his late wife, serving as a dance studio while providing a home for several other groups, including performances by the Hilliard Arts Council and Bread and Circus Theater.

"We just couldn't afford to allow the space to become another vacant commercial building in the Hilliard, Mill Run area" said Ralph Butts. "The arts are an important part of the central Ohio area, and so many places are shutting down due to the economy, we felt this was a prime opportunity to provide the venue and support the arts by moving into the existing space."

The two anchor tenants of the space are currently Bread and Circus and Kids Company Performing Group, LLC, both of which will be providing camps for children in June and have several other events planned.

Harmony Artistic Center is spending the rest of the month renovating the space to make the facility more functional and inviting to the public. The new owners hope to use the lobby area for art openings in a gallery setting and plan to make the center a go-to venue for various events.

Current plans include renting space for Cabaret nights, receptions, dance classes, Jazzercise, yoga, singing groups, scout troops, and general meeting space.

The Cabaret Night will feature coffee and desserts for guests. The first Cabaret Night will be held on Saturday, June 13. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Performers of all kinds are invited to participate.

All interested performers should contact Carolyn at ccstritzel@ yahoo.com for more information. For information concerning Harmony Artistic Center, contact Mimi Ninde at (614) 876-7529 or (614) 270-9956 or e-mail mimi@harmonyartistic.com, or Ralph Butts, president of Harmony Artistic Center, at (614) 634-1625, or e-mail ralph@harmonyartistic.com.