Saint Albans Community Arts Receives Grant Bringing More Arts to Downtown

Arts; Downtown St. AlbansSt. Albans Community Arts (SACA) is a designated program under St. Albans for the Future (SAFF), the non-profit dedicated to revitalizing Downtown St. Albans.

SACA’s motto: “Art has a home here.”

This group works to bring the arts in all its forms to Downtown St. Albans for the enjoyment of community members and visitors. The group was established just over two years ago and has been the host of numerous events around the city, and often in collaboration with other businesses and community members.

SACA’s mission is to foster an art culture in the historic city of St. Albans, Vermont. They are working towards tapping into the endless creatives who live in and around the city to bring more art culture to the area.

There is a new chair, Donna Howard of the Eloquent Page, and she and the other members are working to get things up and running since a change of leadership on the SACA committee. A recent reorganization meeting called for new members and reenergizing of events as we head into spring.

The SACA committee currently has four members but would like to see 12-15 people committed to participating and volunteering. A person would typically spend 1-2 hours a month people would be expected to be involved – to give back to the community that is nothing. If you are interested, come to the next meeting; the committee meets the first Tuesday of the month.

Events hosted by the Community Arts include:

  • Art in Park
  • Art Walks
  • Paint & Sip
  • Festival of Trees
  • Friday Dance Socials
  • Jazz Concert & Master Class
  • New Year’s Eve Party

SACA is working to develop plans for 2018, and you’ll soon be seeing more arts-related activities join the array of events. Including spearheading some art walls in the community, art walks, performances, and dance related events, and soon more gatherings and expressions of art at The Burrow.

What? You haven’t heard of The Burrow? Well, it’s a little place located right smack in the middle of Downtown St. Albans, tucked neatly away in the basement of the Catalyst. A small and cozy place that fits about 30 or so people, The Burrow is a place where people can gather to participate in open mic nights, show local films, and get involved with the creative arts.

Maybe you heard? SAFF was recently awarded a grant to add some features to the St. Albans City Hall stage. The grant comes from the National Life Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation, who combined their efforts to award over $80,000 to seven Vermont communities. Downtown St. Albans was one of the lucky recipients. The $15,000 award that SAFF received will go to St. Albans City Hall Auditorium to add lights, curtains, sound and extend the length of the stage. This funding and resulting improvements will offer the community another place to perform and host events ideal for the space.

Do these ideas and sound interesting and exciting? Do you want to be a part of this? Come to the next SACA meeting, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay informed.

Learn more about SACA here.