New Arts Education Center
Over the past several years, the WCA has experienced consistent growth and now finds itself “bursting at the seams” to accommodate all the activities it oversees. A new building is planned for the vacant lot at the corner of Elm and Walnut Streets in downtown Winnsboro to help with the mission of engaging people in the arts through educational opportunities, cultural experiences, and entertainment, and integrates the arts into community life.
Plans For The Building
Plans include a large, multifunctional space which would be optimized for theater productions and art exhibitions. Seating capacity would be 250 but flex seating with chairs on foldable risers would allow maximum flexibility of its use. This means that a theater in the round could be set up; alternatively, seating could be stored for a large art exhibition or for a variety of community functions. The Bowery Stage listening room would remain at its current location on Market Street although special concerts where large crowds are anticipated might also be held in the new building. A grant application for federal funding to reinforce the performance space as a community tornado shelter is pending.
In addition to classrooms, a pottery studio and a conference room will be available. The new building will also feature a children’s discovery area where children can come to enjoy music-related play equipment or work on arts and crafts projects while they wait for family members who are taking classes or lessons or simply because they want to come and play there. The large lot beckons a sculpture garden where all can walk and enjoy the outdoors.