The Visual Arts Center (VAC) at the Washington Pavilion has a long tradition—more than 50 years—as a leader in providing fine art exhibitions, programs, and educational activities in Sioux Falls. In order for the Pavilion to continue to bring these opportunities to its constituents, a plan for future sustainability has been developed where exhibitions and programs will continue to educate, entertain, inspire and enrich the community.
The VAC's visionaries moved the Civic Fine Arts Center into the Washington Pavilion to bring the visual arts to more people in a larger venue. Since the inception of the Visual Arts Center in June of 1999 more than 500,000 people have visited its galleries. In order to continue to grow as an organization it is important to give VAC visitors the experience of extraordinary exhibitions and programs.
Making the VAC accessible to the public has always been a priority and will continue as we move into the future. In order to raise programs to the next level through Pavilion offerings, the VAC will begin to charge admission beginning July 1, 2013. This admission will allow the Pavilion to continue as a leader in visual arts. Admission will be $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and active/retired Military, and $3.50 for youth (ages 3 through 17) or students with a valid ID. School groups will have access to the galleries through normal education group rates.
To keep the VAC accessible to the public, the Washington Pavilion will have weekly opportunities to visit the VAC FREE of admission. FREE admission will be all day Tuesday, until noon on Saturday, and every First Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Raven Children's Studio, located inside the VAC, will continue to be FREE of charge with a visitor pass. Current Washington Pavilion members and children aged 2 and under will receive FREE access. Additional free admission will include artist receptions, and will be listed on our website: www.washingtonpavilion.org. All visitors will need to obtain a ticket from the Pavilion Box Office in the main lobby. FREE admission will not apply to any Blockbuster Exhibition such as Andy Warhol or Dr. Seuss exhibitions.
The Washington Pavilion is the region's home for the arts, entertainment and science. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Sioux Falls, it is one of the only facilities in the world to bring together under one roof the performing arts, visual arts and interactive science. The vast array of high quality programming and educational activities available through the Husby Performing Arts Center, Kirby Science Discovery Center, Visual Arts Center and the Community Learning Center ensures that people of all ages and walks of life can rely upon the Washington Pavilion to entertain, inspire, educate and enrich. There is, indeed, something for everyone here. For information about our programs, please call (605) 367-7397 or, (toll free) at 1-877-Wash Pav or visit our website at www.washingtonpavilion.org.
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