Common Street Arts (CSA) is downtown Waterville’s non-profit collaborative arts space. The CSA project was jump started by a Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Communities = Economic Development Grant received by Waterville Main Street in 2012. Common Street receives generous support from many community partners, including the Colby College Museum of Art.
The righthand storefront that is now CSA’s studio was previously home to Common Street Gallery. Understanding the necessity of collaboration for sustainability, former gallery director, Kate Barnes, worked closely with community partners to ensure a successful transition of her space to the expanded and collaborative CSA. In September 2013, Rachel McDonald was hired as CSA’s Program Manager and works with a volunteer core and CSA’s Board of Directors to bring high quality arts programming to downtown Waterville. Freshwater Arts, the art education program for Waterville Main Street, also merged into the new CSA space, bringing years of experience and much enthusiasm as well as six pottery wheels and a kiln to the CSA studio. Connections that Freshwater has formed with Kennebec Valley Community College, Colby College and local schools will remain a vital component of this new space. Both in the gallery and in the studio, CSA will create opportunities for all members of the community to engage with the arts.
Many thanks to our parent organization and seed donor for making our work possible: A huge thank you to our lead local Sustaining Sponsor: And thank you to the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council for assistance with marketing!