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Make Elks Theatre into artists’ space

Posted 8/10/16

Reading an article in the Press And Journal recently about the Elks Theatre, I was compelled to share some thoughts on the matter.

After a recent visit to Alexandria, Virginia, and touring the Torpedo Factory and Art Center, it seemed an obvious …

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Make Elks Theatre into artists’ space

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Reading an article in the Press And Journal recently about the Elks Theatre, I was compelled to share some thoughts on the matter.

After a recent visit to Alexandria, Virginia, and touring the Torpedo Factory and Art Center, it seemed an obvious restorative solution for this historic landmark.

Establish a creative, inspired space offering classes, rental opportunities, studio spaces, etc. The Elks Theatre would be a great focal area for community involvement. Offer a “maker space,” studio spaces for local artists, shops for local small business owners, and event rental opportunity. It would be an eclectic mix of interests to the downtown area.

These innovative places, much like the new Millworks in Harrisburg, not only offer opportunity for artists to showcase their work, but allow the public to witness the artist while working.  A small gallery could also be part of the theme housed in this space. Offering exposure for local artists and an outlet for younger generations to the many positive benefits of creative expression. 

Angela Lapioli

Hummelstown

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