This organization was developed with two goals: to create a Community Art Center and to facilitate revitalization of downtown Phoenixville. After the closing of Phoenix Steel, a Historic District was formed in the late 1980’s. The revitalization effort began in the mid 90’s with a theme of “Our Past is our future”. Phoenix Steel had over 2,000 employees from diverse cultural backgrounds who still live in the Phoenixville area. An effort has been made to maintain the historical atmosphere and improve the quality of life of our residents. We started planning in 2002 with the owners of an empty building in the center of town who were willing to renovate and create a Community Art Center. We researched and visited other art centers and facilities. We received state and county grants to begin our children’s programming in June of 2003 at another site until the renovation at 207 Bridge Street was complete.
On May 1st, 2004, the Art Center opened in its current building, an event inaugurated by a gallery show attended by over 500 visitors. Because of the tremendous response we initiated the First Friday Program in Phoenixville the next month, June 2004. A few weeks later we started our second summer of children’s art camp in our new facility. Studio artists began filling the upper floors which are open to the public during the First Friday Exhibits. The Art Center has provided the community with a new gallery exhibit every month, educational programming year round and studio space for working artists. The Art Center’s programs are three-fold and interrelated:
1) art education
2) professional art studios and gallery and
3) public art works through community and artist collaboration.
Community Betterment Award
for our continued efforts with our summer art camp
May 5th, 2008