Construction at WBCA

Construction is underway at WBCA! Click on the photo above to watch a live webcam of the construction progress. You can read the latest from Suzi Hudson in a recent letter to the community:

Dear Friends,

All of us with White Bear Center for the Arts hope you and your loved ones are doing well. As spring arrives in Minnesota, we feel a sense of optimism and want to provide you with an update as we introduce the gradual return of some on-site classes while also juggling the new expansion of White Bear Center for the Arts’ building, parking lot, and campus.
 
In late February, we broke ground for the 10,000 square foot addition, which will provide a spacious community atrium, a larger gallery, additional restrooms, and the relocation of administrative offices. The newly acquired properties to the west are being transformed into extraordinary outdoor programming areas that will feature a fully accessible labyrinth and lots of additional, on-site parking.
 
We have recently completed the remodeling of the current building in preparation for the new addition. Only a third of the current building will be usable for programs until the construction is completed in September and we receive our Certificate of Occupancy for the addition.
 
With construction underway, there will be times when the parking lot and other spaces will be inaccessible. Although the building remains closed to the general public, there are many ways to engage with WBCA:
  • With a newly renovated clay studio, WBCA welcomes back students to in-person clay through Individual Clay Studio. This class is open to students experienced enough to work independently in ceramics. WBCA also continues to offer Clay at Home with virtual classes and a clay firing service.
  • Beginning this summer, WBCA will add additional adult and Imagine Art in-person classes, adhering to the guidelines linked below. 
  • Outdoor classes are being scheduled off-site.
  • Public art installations from Artist-in-Residence Sieng Lee and Youth & Outreach Director Kyle Frederickson remain on display. Come check them out!
  • WBCA has a full range of virtual programs available as well. Find your next creative opportunity in our spring catalog of classes. View several exhibitions online, including the 47th Annual Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition, which opened on March 4.
  • WBCA continues to explore other possibilities for in-person classes, events, and other programs, so stay tuned!
Click Here for COVID Guidelines & Student Expectations
Thank you for all your continued support and flexibility. White Bear Center for the Arts will remain a place for all by being safe for all. As conditions change, we continuously evaluate our guidelines and practices and do our best to keep you informed. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
 
Sincerely,

Suzi Hudson
Executive Director

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