NEWBERRY — The Newberry Art Center along with the Newberry Arts Program are in full swing according to Marquerite Palmer with the City of Newberry’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department. The opening of their new building will begin July 19 with a volunteer work day.
The building, located at 1108 Caldwell St. in Newberry was the former location of Lucy and Earl’s downtown. Beginning Saturday morning, Palmer said they’re looking for volunteers to help vacuum, wash, mop, paint or do simple carpentry work until 3 p.m.
Palmer said that even if volunteers could not contributed all day, that they were welcome for any amount of time they had to give. Volunteers will be served a lunch, so Palmer asks that those interested in volunteering contact her at the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism office at 321-1015 so they will know how many to account for. She can also be reached by email at email@example.com.
This new location is potentially where they will hold everything now, rather than their current location at the PRT department on College Street, Palmer said.
“We want as many activities to be held in this new center as possible,” Palmer said.
Because the building still needs to be cleaned thoroughly, Palmer asks that volunteers be no younger than teenagers. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt,” she said.
Other work that will be done in the building includes spackling, cleaning dust off of walks, cleaning bathrooms, and raking the courtyard area to get rid of rocks and level the area.
Although Palmer said they are going to try and provide all of the necessary tools to work, if volunteers feel they have tools that can be used that they should bring those with them. Gloves may be needed.
If volunteers are available to work alternate days from Saturday, Palmer said they can also contact her if they would like to help in another way or time.
At a meeting first discussing the arts center in May, Piedmont Technical College expressed interest in working with Palmer and the center to provide classes for students. At this time, Palmer said she is unsure if they will participate, but the building will be funded regardless.
Palmer may be contacted at the city of Newberry’s PRT office for more information.