For almost thirty years, the residents of Fuquay-Varina kept their “eye on the prize.” Their desire and passion for the arts did not persist, even when it appeared their ideas and dreams for their home town may not be realized or achieved. Fast forward from the 1990s to March 2019. It is at this time all dreams, hard work, and persistence among local artists paid off, as they saw the opening of the Fuquay Varina Arts Center (FVAC). Then, not even a year into operations, the FVAC, like all other facilities of its kind was forced to close due to the COVID-19 situation. Well, patience has again won out with the Fuquay community, as in accordance with the governor’s “re-opening phases,” The Center will again be opening soon and currently are taking reservations for Fuquay Varina Summer Art Programs.
A Long Time Coming for the Fuquay Varina Arts Community
As explained briefly above, residents waited and in some cases battled to see the Arts Center become a reality. One lifelong Fuquay resident chimed in on the FVAC finally coming to life after seeing it with her own eyes. “The exciting thing is, it is offering art, dance, music, all the cultural things that are going to make this fun.” The excited resident added, “It has a beautiful stage and lighting.” She concludes, “They haven’t skimped on the necessities.”
Obviously, one resident does not speak for a whole town. This is especially true for a town with a rich history of art and culture. Regardless, it has been difficult to see the center have to close so soon after opening. But, those involve are optimistic and excited for the re-opening of the facility.
New Arts Center, New Start, New Opportunities
Another native Fuquay resident who supported the Arts Center proposition 25 years ago as much as she did upon its March 2019 opening is Maureen Daly. Not only was the Arts Center a “dream come true” of sorts for Maureen, but upon the building finally opening, she was named as the Arts Center’s manager.
“There have been people who with interest in having a dedicated space for the arts in Fuquay for quite a while. The timing was really good for the town.” Daly concludes, “We had funds available, and a lot of things converged all at once to create that perfect storm.”
Daly speaks with excitement about FVAC finally getting to start slowly reopening. She is happy that they are planning to have summer art courses and camps at the Art Center, next month. She dually notes that you can register for those programs today at fuquay-varina.org..
After Initial Growth Fuquay Varina Summer Arts Programs will Be First to Start the “Re-Growth”
Ms. Daly waits in great anticipation to open “all over again.” The manager noted that she sees the Arts Center as having “dual purposes. She expects the center to “serve as a cultural hub.” Additionally she mentioned the Arts Center as “a space for creativity to blossom.”
As of this writing, the FVAC is proud to be offering their “Arts Experiences,’ Fuquay Varina Summer Arts Program. This will be available in four seperate one week sessions. Those will be as follow:
- June 22-26 – 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
- July 6-10- 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
- July 20-24 – 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
- August 3-7 – 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
These Fuquay Varina Summer Art Programs are for children ages 6-12. To register today, go to the following link at the official Fuquay Varina website.
The Fuquay Varina Arts Center is located at 123 East Vance Street in Fuquay Varina. To receive information and updates as the FVAC begins to return to “business as usual,” visit fuquay-vaqrina.org. For information on new homes available at the South Lakes community, visit southlakesliving.com