The goal in establishing the Art Center was to bring people to the town from outside the area so the town and surrounding area might revitalize. At that time the town, like many in our area had been hit hard by the Malls and many of the local shops had closed so a trip to the town found empty building with for sale signs in the window and boarded up store fronts.
The Art Center became a catalyst and the local Penn State campus became involved along with a revitalization of the local business organization. Now the town is vibrant and totally different from the other towns in the area. All the stores are filled, businesses and professional offices have established locations in the town, it’s become a model for the area to follow.
First, we wanted to give back to a great community, one that had a very positive effect on our family and our company. The way we chose to do this was to establish an attraction that would draw people from other areas, so they could experience the warmth and hospitality of Schuylkill Haven. In the process we believe they will support other business in the area and help our county revitalize.
Second, we wanted to create an awareness of the importance of creative expression by showcasing top artists from the region, along with other collections from other areas and countries.
Lastly, we wanted to teach and assist all who visit the center so that they may appreciate and understand how art can enrich their lives.
Albert L. Evans, Jr.
August 7, 2012
The Walk In Art Center houses 16 individual creative studios for working artists, The WIAC Haven Gallery, The Main Gallery, The Community Gallery, rotating exhibits, activities for young and the young at heart, diverse events and a college classroom.
The Walk In Art Center Inspires the community and artists with our working artist studio concept and the multiple rotating exhibits.
The Walk In Art Center Equips the community and artists through education. Inviting the community to experience, explore and create art through classes, workshops, art camps and informal discussions.
The Walk In Art Center Celebrates the arts through the various fundraisers and events hosted throughout the year.