Destination ARTS! was conceived as a community revitalization project based on the arts, with the ultimate goal of turning Waynesboro, Pa., into an arts destination. The initial project converted seven vacant commercial buildings on Main Street into curated art galleries, plus filled an additional eight storefront windows with art.
Planned as a 15-week project, Destination ARTS! was launched on July 19, 2013. It ended on October 27, 2013, and accomplished displaying over 1,600 pieces of art from more than 120 artists, including some of the most highly respected artists in the Mid-Atlantic states. The project brought together artists and musicians, community members, businesses, and more than 200 volunteers. All seven of the original gallery spaces were rented following the first year of Destination ARTS!.
Destination ARTS! was such a success, it relaunched after closing for just one week, and has remained active every weekend, year-round, since November 2013. Currently, five galleries continue to operate downtown. Over the past five years, thousands of pieces of art have been displayed (and much of it sold) and hundreds of musicians have performed in a wide variety of musical styles. The hum of ongoing arts activities has added immeasurably to the vibrancy of our downtown, and we hope will effect a permanent transformation of our downtown into an arts and culture destination. Open four days a week, visitors enjoy world class art in a premier gallery setting, plus live music every Friday night, artist demonstrations, classes, workshops, performances and other special events.
Destination ARTS! continues to be the most successful program born out of the AAGW’s initiatives for the community.
Between the five galleries, visitors can experience a wide variety of activities, educational programs, and musical performances. The galleries include Gallery 50 (still operated & owned by AAGW), 42 West ARTS Co-Op & Gallery, Gallery 35 East, Walnut Street Studios, and the Ceramics Arts Center of Waynesboro. You will find an extensive array of hand-crafted items and fine art, including jewelry, photography, fiber arts, and pottery for purchase.