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A Brief History of this Legendary Folk Venue
The Ark was established in 1965 as an outreach ministry—a coffeehouse—by five local churches: Northside Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Campus Chapel, and Presbyterian Campus Center. Though the Ark began as a partnership between religious organizations, the purpose of the Ark was not evangelism. Rather, the Ark founders wanted to provide university students with a safe, substance-free space where music, discussion, and artistic expression could thrive, and a respite from the turbulent campus climate of the mid 1960s.
After the Presbyterians dropped the lease (and later destroyed the house) The Ark was forced to find a new home. It opened its doors for a second time on September 7, 1984, occupying the third floor of the old brick factory building on S. Main and Mosley.
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