Everything has been moved to our new location at 751 George Washington Boulevard in Wichita, and we’re getting settled in and ready to start a new chapter in the Guild’s history with the first classes in January 2018!
Online registration is now live for the classes scheduled for the first quarter – online payment isn’t quite ready yet, but will show up as an option as soon as possible. See the class calendar or click on a class featured on the site’s home page.
This location seems meant for the new Fiber Arts Center – from the beautiful architecture to the ease of access. Can you tell we’re excited?
The front of the building – Willard Elementary opened in 1927, and was most recently used as an alternative high school, Metro-Boulevard.
The Morris Street entrance, closest to our room.
Through the door, our room is first on the left.
Looking to the left, across the mostly-empty room to the shelving.
Looking to the right, the former science room has smaller rooms, some with sinks!
There’s plenty of natural light in the small room selected for the library.
Some of the fiber…
Sorting and arranging cones of weaving yarns.
And more fiber and other items. (Yarn makes great packing material!)
Balls of yarn and additional cones will fill up this storage space,
The Wall Of Color
The first looms are in! As more looms were brought over, the science lab counter was moved out to open up floor space.
Several Guild members spent days planning, cleaning, packing and moving, and many others pitched in whenever they could. December isn’t the easiest time of year to carve out time for a major project, but this enterprise is dear to our hearts, and it was managed beautifully.
We know there will be some bumps in the road as we sort out details and class logistics, so we appreciate your support as we work to solve any problems that crop up in our new adventure. Join us in making 2018 a fun and productive year!
After CityArts administration told us they were ending the weaving classes, Guild members scrambled to find a way to keep fiber instruction opportunities alive in Wichita.
In a few short weeks, we have planned to receive the looms and other classroom equipment and supplies as a donation from the City of Wichita (thank you!!), identified a viable location, come up with a financial plan, and presented the information to the Guild members at large. The immediate outcome was a unanimous vote at the November meeting to support this exciting effort!
And now the time is short, and the logistics and other planning by the steering committee has ramped up to the next phase.
If all goes well, we will move everything out of the current space in mid-December to our new home, and start classes in January!
Once everything is signed and finalized, we’ll be delighted to share the details and start taking class registrations, but we’re not quite at that point yet.
Watch for updates here and on our Facebook page!