For the better part of three decades, residents have suggested the prospect of a Fuquay Varina Arts Center (FVAC). After many years of waiting and hoping, earlier this Spring the doors finally opened and Fuquay citizens couldn’t be happier.
Waiting Since the 1990’s…But Worth the Wait!
Lifelong Fuquay resident, Molly Stephenson counts herself among the residents who patiently waited for the long-anticipated opening. Noting she was a part of the town’s “Citizen Committee” well over 20 years ago, Molly agreed this was a long time coming. She even said the committee had the idea of a Fuquay Varina Arts Center then, but is pleased with the end product.
Building Upon the Town’s Culture, While Feeding Its Economy
Whether it is live performances, gallery shows, or the impressive list of classes, the Fuquay Varina Arts Center has the residents excited. It’s been noted that programming at the Fuquay Varina Arts Center includes an array of visual and performing arts. These categories will see live acts as well as classes offered at the facility teaching these areas.
Those associated with the bustling Downtown area of Fuquay couldn’t be happier to see this addition. On top of classes, the new theatre will also provide live theatre events on a local and professional level. This is in addition to performances to include, troupes, concerts, recitals, and movies.
Town Downtown Manager, Dawn Russell expressed her joy and anticipation of the future of the Fuquay Varina Arts Center.
Russell concluded, ” “Bustling activity at the Arts Center is expected to enhance business activities in the downtown area.”
The “Perfect Storm” Leads to the Grand Opening
With the new facility comes new opportunity. One such opportunist would be the new Fuquay Varina Arts Center Manager, Maureen Daly. Like Stephenson had mentioned, Ms. Daly was among those who were on board with this idea 25 years ago. However, she does feel that the timing has never been better than the present for this dream to become reality.
“The folks here in Fuquay-Varina actually started talking about having an arts center as far back as 25 years ago,” said Daly. “There have been people who have been interested in having a dedicated space for the arts in Fuquay for quite a while. The timing was really good for the town.” She concluded, “We had funds available, and a lot of things converged all at once to create that perfect storm.”
The Fuquay Varina Arts Center opened its doors in late-March of this year. Its “official” grand opening occurred the weekend of May 17-18 as a part of the town’s annual En Plein Air Arts Festival. The facility is physically located on East Vance Street in downtown Fuquay.
Features at the Fuquay Varina Arts Center
- Art Gallery
- Administrative Offices
- Dance studios
- Painting Studios
- Digital Art Studios
- Classrooms for both Visual and Performing Arts Instruction
- Theatre with seating for nearly 300 audience members
People Looking to Get Involved, Get Creative, and Grow
Daly referred to the Fuquay Varina Arts Center as having somewhat of a dual purpose. She noted the goal of the facility as “twofold.” Explaining that viewpoint, she said the Center will “serve as a cultural hub and provide space for creativity to blossom and to also drive traffic downtown.”
There are already more than 40 instructors lined up and teaching classes at the Center. Likewise, Daly has been getting inquiries daily about helping the local arts grow in some way.
“We really want to find and support the artistic muscle of the area,” she said. “We want to grow our artists and audience.”
The Fuquay Varina Arts Center is conveniently located just minutes away from your new home in the South Lakes neighborhood. For more information on all upcoming happenings at the arts center, visit fuquay-varina.org.