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Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro aims to build arts destination

June 16, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Described as exciting and ambitious, a new project taking place in Waynesboro aims to transform vacant buildings.

In a news release, Andrew Sussman, co-president of the newly formed Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, or AAGW, described walking down Main Street not too long ago.

“I could not help but notice the large number of vacant buildings. ... I thought there must be some way to turn the presence of these empty stores into a positive advantage,” he said.

That walk formed the idea for “Destination ARTS!,” which will feature displays of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and other decorative arts.

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AAGW is organizing cleaning crews, art installers and lighting experts. An art selection committee is acquiring and curating artwork for the opening of Destination ARTS!, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 19.

“This is a community project, which will ultimately involve hundreds of people as volunteers, working as gallery docents, carpenters, art installers, cleaners, painters, musicians, copy writers and photographers,” Sussman said.

He expects participants and volunteers will include authors, dancers, crafters, poets, building owners, real estate agents, bankers, accountants, contractors, lighting experts and visual artists.

“It will bring together people of all ages in a common purpose,” he said. “It is truly an effort to do something positive in support of the town we love.”

Art will be clustered around Center Square and the first block of West Main Street. Exhibits are expected to change every 30 to 45 days.

“Destination ARTS! is a win-win because it benefits everyone in the community,” said Patrick Fleagle, director of economic development for Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc.

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