Revitalizing Waynesboro through the arts

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jul 23, 2013 4:01 AM

(Waynesboro) -- A Franklin County borough is hoping to boost its revitalization efforts by making it a destination for the arts. Seven empty storefronts in downtown Waynesboro are being transformed into art galleries every weekend through Destination ARTS!

Chairman of Destination ARTS! Andrew Sussman says the initiative is both an artistic endeavor and an economic development project.

"Ultimately, if we're successful, we'll put ourselves out of business," Sussman explains. "We'll rent those buildings, move into another vacant building and convert that into an art gallery -- until Waynesboro really is revitalized."

In addition to the seven galleries, nine other borough storefronts have been set up with art displays. More than 800 pieces from more than 70 local and national artists are on display.

The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro launched the effort earlier this month.

Waynesboro's Destination ARTS! will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through - at least - October 27th.

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