Whether it's making a movie, writing a story, or painting a picture, the first excitement about art is wondering what's being created. Will we like it? Will it surprise us? Will it be original?
People are obviously having those same kinds of thoughts about what will become of Danville's Federal Building as it becomes the Community Arts Center. Its most obvious function will be as a new, central home for music, art, dance, and drama lessons and rehearsals. But that's only part of the picture.
For the past few months, an education committee has been busy making plans to use the center to move this community, already rich in arts programs, several steps further. We see the center striving to offer something for everyone regardless their artistic experience or income. Whether it's writing clubs, architectural talks or tours, classes that help people know more about local performances or exhibits, or new weekend or after-school classes for kids, we forsee the center opening as an inclusive place that can spark new creativity and arts interest in Danville and beyond.