The Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Warehouse Arts District Association’s ArtsXchange Campus on Wednesday, March 10. The new Arts Education Center will be named the Frances McSwain Pruitt and J. Crayton Pruitt Arts Education Center which will host the Aresty School for Young Artists.
Speakers included WADA President Mark Aeling; St Petersburg Mayor, Rick Kriseman; St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership Vice Chair, Barclay Harless and Natalie Judge of the J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation.
The Warehouse Arts District Association is in the process of building out the new Frances McSwain Pruitt and J. Crayton Pruitt Arts Education Center, where many of the new educational programs will be held. The construction is expected to be completed by early Fall 2021. With the location of the new WADA Arts Education Center in midtown St. Petersburg, the neighborhood children stand to benefit from unique programs
The event was covered on a FaceBook live event: WADA Groundbreaking Facebook Live Event.
Joining in the event was St. Petersburg Mayor, Rick Kriseman who said, “Our thriving art scene drives our local thriving economy, and we have the artists themselves to thank for this. This is one of the most exciting places in St. Pete and I can’t wait to see what comes next.”
WADA Board President Mark Aeling, shared, “This has been long coming and we appreciate all who have helped us get here. We couldn’t do it without our donors and supporters. We are very excited about bringing this amazing resource to our community. Look for our official opening in Fall 2021. You don’t want to miss it.”
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