Arts Center

There is little doubt that the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center will be a downtown hot spot when it opens in late Spring, 2018! Currently under construction, this renovation/new construction project promises to enliven the downtown arts scene. Utilizing the Hudson-Belk Department Store on the corner of East Vance Street and South Fuquay Avenue, and coupling it with new construction running along South Fuquay Avenue, the new Arts Center promises to have something for everyone to enjoy.

Designed by Philip Szostak Design, Inc., the Arts Center will offer opportunities in visual and performing arts. The renovated space will include classrooms, a digital lab, paint and dance studios, an art gallery, an administrative suite, and performance support areas. The new construction will include a 300-seat theatre, the technical theatre infrastructure, elevator and stairs. Combined, the facility will be a highly flexible space, usable for many purposes and events.

A goal of the Arts Center is to become a creative force in our community. To this end, programming will include a wide variety of visual and performing arts classes, camps, and workshops, with an emphasis on diversifying offerings to benefit all segments of our population. Participants of all ages will be able to enjoy instruction in the arts, live performances, as well as movies. 

Harnessing the economic vitality of the arts is another goal of the Arts Center. Plans include scheduling events and classes during evening hours to encourage visitors to come downtown. Enhancing visitation through partnerships with local businesses and restaurants is also in the works--stay tuned for more info!

The Fuquay-Varina Arts Center is well on its way to adding a new dimension to downtown. There will be a multitude of opportunities for participants and visitors alike to flex their creative muscles, settle in for a delightful theatre production or movie, and enjoy all the delights our downtown has to offer.