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Community Arts Center History

In early 2012 the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP) purchased the former Salem United Methodist Church building at 125 Pine Street in Tamaqua with a view toward making it a center for creative community activities.


The community developed a list of issues associated with the acquisition.

At the time TACP Executive Director Micah Gursky said, “Our hope is to develop a center open to everyone that could serve as a performance venue, art studio, instructional workshop and other similar creative uses.”

Community Discussion

Community discussion centered upon what the potential uses of an art center might be.

The well-publicized and attended community meeting and discussion about the potential use of this property took place on Sunday, February 12 starting at 2 p.m. in the former church building at 125 Pine Street.

In advance of the meeting, interested persons were invited to stop in for a tour. The tours were held on February 7, February 9 and February 11.

People of all ages and interests completed a survey and attended the community meeting.

“Community involvement is essential for the success of this project. We hope lots of people will take an interest and share their ideas,” said Gursky.

Community Arts Center Genesis

Jack Kulp, well-known area musician and entertainer, discusses some of the first steps taken to create and organize the Community Art Center in this 2012 video.

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