Gilchrist Learning Center aims to make art education more accessible

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – The Gilchrist Learning Center is getting ready to welcome the public for an open house this weekend.

“Well, the whole idea for the Gilchrist Learning Center was to increase access to art and education,” says Al Harris- Fernandez, the Director of Sioux City Art Center.

And, that’s exactly what the center is aiming for.

A plan is in place to make art education more accessible to the community.

The new building features six different classrooms for children and adults.

“This new facility is the first part of that plan. This allows us to have more classes more days per week and at times that the other facility wasn’t appropriate for,” says Harris-Fernandez.

The nearly$2 million building was funded partly through a grant.

Sioux City Art Center Director Al Harris-Fernandez says private donors stepped up to cover most of that price tag.

“There’s a lot of room for vision and projects and that sort in our community because we have a strong donor base, people take a lot of pride in what happens in Sioux city,” says Harris Fernandez.

So, what exactly can you expect when you walk through the doors of the new facility?

“What’s really cool about being in this facility is that you’re kind of inside and outside at the same time, which, because we have these open hallways and then the classrooms don’t have outside light but they have very nice indoor light,” says Harris- Fernandez.

The open house for the new Gilchrist Learning Center will be Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You will be able to tour the building, and teachers will be on hand to demonstrate what will be happening in classrooms.

Ashly Richardson

Ashly Richardson

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