Community meeting

The Arts and Culture Council opens a community meeting center

The Bucks County Arts and Culture Council will open the A&C Community Meeting Center at Freeman Hall in Doylestown, starting September 11.
“We are delighted to open our doors for artistic events, meetings, workshops and exhibitions. After delays caused by COVID, the lease is signed, and we are preparing the space for the community. At the start of our first Freeman Hall exhibition, A&C Fall Member Salon Show 2021, we will welcome members and patrons of the arts. Two years ahead, and the time has come,” the council said by email.
The opening of this space is an important step in the council’s growth bringing together the need to expand to a physical location and the desire to enrich member benefits with more activities in a centralized space in Bucks County. Located at 181 E. Court St., Freeman Hall offers exhibit space, meeting rooms, and a venue for lectures, workshops, art sharing, and more.
Board volunteers, all artists in their own genres, are currently applying their skills to painting and freshening up the rooms and installing a gallery hanging system in preparation for the 11 September and the exhibition of members’ works. Artwork will also be displayed year-round on hallway and office walls, creating a truly member-centric space.
Renovations to the Bucks County Council for Arts and Culture Community Meeting Center at Freeman Hall are made possible by sponsors: the Ricciardi Brothers Benjamin Moore paint store in the Mercer Square mall in Doylestown; and donors at the 2020 Giving Tuesday fundraising event.

The collaboration between Salem United Church of Christ, owners of Freeman Hall, and the Bucks County Arts and Culture Council was launched in the spring of 2019, when Bruce Rutherford and A&C Board Chair Ruth Anderson, struck up a casual conversation at Rutherford’s Camera Shop in Doylestown.

Initial meetings with Rutherford followed by continued collaboration between the A&C Freeman Hall committee and the Salem church community under the leadership of the Reverend David Green, pastor, the project is now coming to life.

Rutherford, who died late last year, would have been delighted to see that venture come to fruition, the council said.

The public is invited to attend the first A&C Fall Member Salon Show 2021, which will run from September 11 to October 1. Free entry.

Visit the “Events” page on the council’s website and read its “Coming Soon” column in the monthly newsletter.