Arts Incubator to Open in Downtown on July 30

Community Invited to Arts Ensemble’s Outer Space Gallery Opening

Winter Haven, Fla. — The Outer Space Gallery, an arts incubator project led by the Arts Ensemble Education Foundation, will officially open its doors on Thursday, July 30th, at 5:30 p.m. This ribbon cutting is open to the public, and local artists are especially encouraged to attend. The Outer Space Gallery is a partnership between artists and local businesses, nonprofits, higher education and government to promote the arts.

Resident Artists Trent Manning, Adam Justice and Karen Retana and representatives from the Polk Museum of Art and Polk State College will be on hand to show their support for the exciting project.

Local developer Six/Ten, LLC made the space available to the Arts Ensemble in one of its downtown buildings, located at 230 Avenue C S.W. The Polk Museum of Art came on board to help identify and feature local artists in exhibitions, provide opportunities for Polk State College students to learn about organizing and managing exhibitions, and to provide learning opportunities when the Museum has visiting guest artists.

The Outer Space Gallery will serve as a fine arts gallery for the community and a place for artists to display their work. The space will offer three very specific purposes in the community: gallery, working studio and professional meeting space for downtown agencies in need of a creative place to think. It will also be open to the public during the day for art viewings. This downtown Winter Haven project will provide a venue for artist residencies, arts education, community-based arts projects as well as exhibitions, performances and talks.

“We started developing this concept about a year and half ago,” said Jane Waters Thomas, Executive Director of the Arts Ensemble. “Thanks to Six/Ten for providing the space, we were able to move forward with our vision. We hope everyone will come and check out this new project.”

Polk State College is also partnering with the Arts Ensemble to create an internship program for its art students. Participating students will receive the full experience covering the business of art, including what it takes to develop and curate a show.

The Arts Ensemble is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire interest and maximize participation in the arts within Polk County and the surrounding region. The incubator program began in 2006. The Outer Space Gallery will become the newest division of the Ensemble.

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One Response to Arts Incubator to Open in Downtown on July 30

  1. Tina Heinemann says:

    So happy for the community that will be reached through this project and excited for Jane and her kids by seeing another vision of hers come to fruition.

    Congratulations! Looking forward to the opening tonight. :-)

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