The concept is simple: artists and crafters share space in the storefront, displaying their work and teaching classes. For the artists and crafters, it's a great opportunity to have a visible presence for their work downtown and to make some money teaching. For the general public, it's a great opportunity to learn photography, knitting, origami, book binding, or how to use a scroll saw. For Waterbury at large, and downtown in particular, it's an opportunity to spur economic development using the arts as a catalyst, something that has been very fruitful in city around the country.
The Classroom has an online calendar of classes available, and you can also keep up with them on Facebook.
The Crafter's Classroom is supported by a grant from Connecticut Community Foundation and through the collaborative efforts of Spirit of Waterbury, the City of Waterbury, Waterbury Development Corporation, and Main Street Waterbury.
Photos from the ribbon cutting on Friday:
|Soy Candles -- The Classroom has the potential to grow into a thriving marketplace.|