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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A former orphanage in North Little Rock is getting revitalized as it transforms into an education center.

    Workers plan to transform the St. Joseph's Center of Arkansas' 56,000 square feet into an educational center, focusing on art and agriculture. Local farmer Jody Hardin is working to incorporate an organic, sustainable farm in its 63 pastoral acres.

    St. Joseph personnel hope to host workshops and art retreats. Local artists are also encouraged to show off their work in the gallery that will be located on the second floor. St. Joseph chairman Sandy DeCoursey is enthusiastic about the project and asks the community for support.

    "Support is needed. We've got this terrific historical building that's in pretty good shape but continues to need resources to do improvements. To keep the doors open, we would encourage folks to come out and learn more about what is happening here," DeCoursey said.

    St. Joseph's property was purchased in 1908, and its doors opened in 1910.

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