Construction trades students at the Warwick Area Career and Technical got a taste of the fine arts over the past three months and the Warwick Center for the Arts was the beneficiary.
As a class project, the students took on the construction of a storage space within the former armory, now gallery, that is the prime location for exhibits and events. Chairs and tables had been stored in a space under the stage. It is a confined space and made it awkward for setups and takedowns.
Now with the side of a barn door, storage is easily accessed. In addition, the area encloses electrical panels that were previously exposed.
Local architect Pam Unwin-Barkely donated her time to design the space so as not to compromise the gallery and, as it turned out, create a new wall for the gallery.
Work started in January with the demolition of a wall. Students then worked with teachers, Michael Haynes and Brian Vadeboncoeur as well as electricians to move the electrical wiring and build the storage area.
“We were so happy to engage local students in this much needed construction project,” said Center Director Taylor Terreri. “We pride ourselves on being a resource for the community, and what better way to illustrate our commitment to Warwick than to engage local students in hands-on learning experiences that benefit their education and a local organization.”
Funds for the project were raised by donations from members and donors, with additional donations and support from Calson Corporation, Nationwide Construction, and National Lumber.
Warwick Center for the Arts is Warwick’s largest arts non-profit organization. The Center provides performance and exhibition space for artists, writers and performers, and hosts a wide array of cultural and artistic activities, including art classes for all ages, comedy, music, poetry and literature, camps, private event rental space, and monthly visual arts exhibitions. For more information on Warwick Center for the Arts visit www.warwickcfa.org.