Arts and community center opens

With balloons, music, and the cutting of a ribbon Wednesday, the long anticipated Mother Brook Arts and Community Center at the site of the former Avery Elementary School became a reality. More than 100 town officials, artists, and community members came out for the celebration at 123 High St. “One of my uncles – he’s in his 80s – he said to me that ‘Dedham has a history of tearing down its history,’ ” said Michael Butler, selectmen chairman, referring to other historic buildings the town did not save. The Dedham public schools stopped using the building after the opening of the new Avery Elementary School at 336 High St. in April 2012. A committee recommended its use as an arts and community center in 2011, and Town Meeting supported that use with a vote to allow selectmen to lease the building.