Heart of the Arts
Arts Center East is home to a rich artistic community. We value our Artist Members, and we invite you to visit our Artist Members page. We are a place where visual artists from across the state and beyond exhibit and sell their work through juried shows and member exhibits. Unique handmade creations of pottery, jewelry, wood crafts, and other gifts made by local and regional artisans fill our artisan craft fairs. Musical and theatrical performances delight audiences of all ages, and our classrooms are pulsing with the joy of artistic discovery. We are the heart of the arts east of the river.
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Arts Center East’s mission is to advance the arts for everyone through education, exhibits, events, and performances.
You can help support Arts Center East’s mission to enrich lives and enhance economic development East of the River through education, events, exhibits, and performances.
Arts Center East hosts numerous exhibits, special events including receptions, children’s programs, paint nights, gallery tours, and music, dance, puppetry, and theater performances. We continue to offer classes for children and adults in drawing, acrylic, watercolor and pastel painting, music, photography, and writing.
Our mission is to advance the arts for everyone through education, exhibits, events and performances. Our vision is to become a regional arts destination. Our name reflects this mission and vision. All are welcome to enjoy the innovative exhibits, educational programming, performances, and events offered at Arts Center East.
The Arts Center East building was constructed in 1927 in the popular Colonial Revival style. It served as the County Home School for the children residing in an orphanage located where the police station on Route 30 stands today.
When the orphanage closed, the school building continued to serve the community, first as the Vernon Elementary School and later as the Vernon Kindergarten. It closed as a kindergarten in the 1970’s and was used for storage and office space by the Board of Education. By the turn of the new century, it had fallen into disrepair.
In July 2010, through the efforts of a committee of town residents, Vernon received a state grant for $1.7 million to fund a renovation of the historic building. In June 2012, it was reincarnated as an arts center.