In the first weeks of 2012, Danville Pediatric’s “SPACE: Imagine That!” exhibit took over the entire building, transporting kids and families to outer space and beyond. The planetarium from Houston, Texas and a special appearance by astronaut Story Musgrave made this exhibit truly spectacular.
The summertime saw the usual Little Red Wagon contest in conjunction with the Great American Brass Band Festival, an Arts Exploration Camp that kept children’s creativity flowing all summer long, and a variety of new classes in dulcimer and ballroom dance, all of which were welcomed with energy and enthusiasm by the community. The monthly Lunch with the Arts series hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett in a presentation that was both controversial and entertaining.
In the fall, the Arts Center hosted local, national, and international art all in one place. Gathering Artists, a local group exhibited upstairs, while in the Grand Hall Commonwealth Cancer Center’s Horizon: Contemporary Landscape Juried Exhibit showcased work from over 15 states, and thanks to the Danville Sister Cities Commission, the Arts Center provided studio space for an exchange artist from Danville’s sister city of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. During her six-week stay, installation artist Janet Crymble visited Hogsett, Junction City, and Perryville Elementary Schools to create a student art project and design her own show, leaving her own unique mark on Danville/Boyle County and forging a stronger link between the two cities.
This winter, the Arts Center witnessed the creation of a community jazz band, a dance coalition, and monthly ballroom dances, an explosion of Starry Night Studio painting parties, and the hiring of a part-time development director to help fund new programs and increase the Arts Center’s sustainability. In partnership with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Heart of Danville, and Arts Partners, the Arts Center also secured Danville’s designation as one of only five Cultural Districts in the Commonwealth. These events are just a few of the many that made 2012 a huge step forward for the Arts Center as a community presence and a growing organization.