Arts Alliance celebrates a decade in Waynesboro
The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro and Destination ARTS! are set to celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.
“We’re celebrating the whole year with a wide variety of events that take place," said Andrew Sussman, vice president of AAGW. "Coming out of the pandemic, we feel it’s a very opportune time to offer more programs.” As a kickoff for the year's worth of events, AAGW is using the same day as Mainstreet Waynesboro's farmers market on May 28 as a soft opening to pass out information about the activities ahead.
Close to 30 events are scheduled throughout the celebration with more being added as plans rollout. The official celebration will take place on the weekend of July 8-10.
“There will be an opening reception at gallery 50 on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and at other galleries in town. We will also have live music that day and continue on Saturday and Sunday," Sussman said.
A "play me" piano will be also appearing in downtown outside Music Makers for the community to play and share their talent as they walk around downtown enjoying the event.
Notable events each month include:
- Summer concert series on June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Main Street Park featuring Lucky Punk.
- Artists in the Streets on July 23, from noon to 3 p.m. in downtown.
- Wizarding Festival Wand workshop at Gallery 50 and Music Makers on Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Jammin' in the Park on Sept. 4, from 1 to 7 p.m. featuring continuous live music, artist stands food truck and much more.
- Cumberland Valley Songwriters Festival on Oct. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mainstreet Park.
- AAGW Community Choir Church Choir concert at Trinity United Church of Christ on Nov. 20. More information to be announced at a later date.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and will have something for everyone; it’s a celebration of the arts and how Waynesboro has developed into an arts destination," Sussman said.
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Over the past decade, Waynesboro has developed into a thriving arts district. In 2012 there were close to 20 empty storefronts along Main Street. The formation of the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro and launch of Destination ARTS! helped bring tenants into the store fronts.
"In downtown there are currently 13 art venues," Sussman said, "an accomplishment which would have been perceived as impossible."
AAGW is a 501(c)(3) with a focus to integrate the arts into community life and help arts education thrive collaborating with schools, community nonprofits, arts organizations, artists of all artistic disciplines, and the area represented by the Waynesboro Area School District.
For more information visit artsalliancegw.org or call (717) 655-2500.