Harwich Middle School Transforming Into Cultural Center

HARWICH – Sitting idle for a couple of years, the former Harwich Middle School has been transformed into a growing cultural center for the town, and an upcoming open house is intended to show the public the bustling creative activity happening inside the building.

Currently 28 of the old classrooms have been rented to local artists for studio space, and with plenty of open space including the auditorium, cafeteria, library and others available, there are many things planned for the former schoolhouse.

“We’re just really starting up and this is phase one,” said Carolyn Carey, Harwich Community Center Director. “We’re going to go through and keep growing it and see what people need and what people want.”

The open house will take place on Thursday and Friday, July 27 and 28, from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday, July 29 from noon to 4 p.m.

During the open house the public is invited to explore the building, visit with artists and see the work that is being done. Artists will also be doing demonstrations as well.

Town officials recently voted to commit to the cultural center project for two years, which is exciting for those who are breathing life back into the building.

“For two years we know we can fill the building, get revenue in from renters and people using studio space,” Carey said. “We can book the auditorium and really provide some of the cultural events we really need in the area.”

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