William Colvin, vice president and treasurer of Coker Council for the Arts and Activities, looks through an old yearbook that will go into the organization’s planned museum. (Herald-Standard photo).
By Mark Hofmann
CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. — A Connellsville nonprofit is renovating a space to provide local theater and youth activities.
The Coker Council for the Arts and Activities plans to transform space in the former Woolworth’s store on West Crawford Avenue into a small event center and a black box theater.
The organization’s vice president and treasurer William Colvin said the theater will feature local professional and amateur entertainment and free training for children, as well as having a space for after school programs for young people in the area.
“These kids generally don’t get involved in other activities, so it will give them something to do and teach basic skills,” Covin said. “It will be one additional place in town to reach out to the community and serve the community.”
Plans have been in works for the theater and event center for several years, but the pandemic delayed CCAA’s progress on the projects.
“COVID also slowed down everything getting done,” Covin said. “We want to finish cleaning and get paint on the wall (for the event center).”
Volunteers are needed to help in that effort, he said.
The CCAA’s thrift store, Coker This ‘N’ That Resale Shop, is also located on West Crawford. Funded by donations, the store’s proceeds go right back into the organization to support current and future efforts.
Colvin said the nonprofit plans to establish an outreach program for veterans, and establish a museum to celebrate Connellsville High School and the former Immaculate Conception and Dunbar high schools.
He said the organization is always looking for volunteers, and those interested can check out the Coker Council for The Arts and Activities’ Facebook page or visit their website at cokercouncilartsandactivities.com.
“We’re seeing a need for energetic, nonprofit work in this year, and we formed our organization to provide sensible solutions,” Covin said. “We’ve consistently grown … all thanks to the helping hands of this amazing community.”
Mark Hofmann is a reporter for the Herald-Standard of Uniontown, Pa. Helping the Helpers is a joint effort of the Herald-Standard and the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Readers may email him at [email protected].
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