STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Richard Spezzano and Skip Scheetz are both involved with the local arts community. They have a grand vision called The Pocono Center for the Arts.
“We’re taking ideas from all the successful areas, and we want to think beyond the box. We want to do something that’s going to be an international destination,” says Skip Scheetz, founder, Pocono Center for the Arts.
The concept includes two large theaters, recording studios, plus dance and recital halls. Spezzano says spacious rehearsal and performance space lacks in the region. He explains, “we need this in this town. I mean, it brings people in.”
The Center would be a hub for culinary, pottery, music, and jewelry making classes. Spezzano believes it’s a great opportunity for art teachers, because renting a studio full-time is too expensive.
“We think that the community and the town is going to support it, and we feel we are ready for something like this,” he remarks.
Artists could also exhibit their work in various galleries.
Scheetz says there are hundreds of art enthusiasts who would benefit from this project. It’s in the planning stages, and will cost millions of dollars.
He adds, “its a major, major undertaking, we know that. We know it’s going to take a long time to complete the whole thing.
They want The Pocono Center for the Arts to be located somewhere in the Stroudsburgs. They aren’t sure if they’ll use an already existing space, or build from the ground up.
A public meeting about the project is scheduled for 6:30 pm Wednesday night at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. Artists, art teachers, and art enthusiasts in the community will share suggestions and ideas.