There is now a new home for Barbara Cooney's vision to provide and promote education through the arts and it's upstairs in the Hayden Liberty Center! A modern, functional, welcoming space filled with light from the north-facing windows. A space that emerges into challenging and deep meaningful expression; a place where beauty is felt and shared.The entire upstairs floor has been designed to be a flexible learning and gathering space for all ages of the community inspired by Barbara's spirit of teaching.
Members of the CEA Auxiliary Board chair the arts education programming committee which plans and coordinates the activities to be held in Barbara's studio. Liberty Center Board Members collaborate with the CEA Auxiliary Board while CEA believes that the Cooney Creativity Studio benefits from being housed inside an already established and respected cultural center.
The Cooney Creative Studio can now host after school classes, one day workshops, one week programs or year-long classes. From art classes and creativity workshops to music performances and poetry readings, Barbara believed that all the arts were important and recognized the many sides of expression. The CEA Auxiliary Board seeks to provide opportunities for all ages and diverse backgrounds. We will continue to open windows of wonderment, like Barbara did, because lives are better when art can be a part.