Walk In Art Center at Schuylkill Haven opening of the educational component

The Schuylkill Haven Walk In Art Center is set to cut the ribbon for its new arts education center on August 30 at 3 p.m. The festivities will continue until 6 p.m. with lots of fun for kids and adults alike.

“The new arts education center is huge!” said WIAC chief executive Jacquie Engel. “There is now plenty of space for our growing pottery and clay department and enough space to run two different classes at once.”

The main entrance to the AEC is on the first floor of the building that houses the Walk In Art Center and the Evans Delivery Company at Parkway and West Columbia streets in Schuylkill Haven. However, those going to the AEC must now enter through the “tunnel” entrance on the West Market Street side of the building.

“We hope to transform WIAC’s indoor parking lot into a magical, art-filled space over the next year,” Engel said. “Visitors will park in the Walk In parking lot and walk through the tunnel where they can then choose to go to the main Walk In lobby, or the Carpentry Shop (which is now also on the first floor), or at the Arts Education Center.

Around this time next year, Engel hopes to have a new pavilion built in this inner courtyard to cover the summer concert series, outdoor summer art camps, picnics and gatherings.

“Ultimately, we want people to step into a whole new magical world when they come to the Walk In Art Center,” Engel said.

Everyone is invited to attend the inauguration ceremony. The Chamber of Commerce asks that people register for the ceremony via schuylkillchamber.com. The party doesn’t end there. T-102 will be on hand outside for live music and breaks from 3-5 p.m., with balloon artist Andrew Weaver creating amazing balloon pieces in front of people’s eyes. There will also be free art activities for children in the large tents outside.

Inside, singer Rich Mextorf will provide a smoother feel as people enjoy complimentary refreshments and drinks and watch live pottery, weaving and art demonstrations in the new AEC. There will be free gifts for attendees and information about upcoming courses and events.

The Arts Education Center is made possible through the generosity of private donors. Anyone wishing to support WIAC and its new efforts should visit walkinartcenter.org/support/donate. Learn about this and other Walk In Art Center events and exhibits, art classes, vendor opportunities, family events and more by visiting WIAC’s facebook page at facebook.com/ walkinartcenter.

The Walk In Art Center is ready to open its new arts education center. (Courtesy of Walk In Art Center)