The Washington College Program for Creativity and the Environment will officially open its new headquarters at 107 Cross Street, in the heart of Chestertown’s historic downtown, during First Friday festivities on March 7. The public is invited to stop by to enjoy wine and cheese and learn more about the SANDBOX initiative.
Funded by a $575,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SANDBOX was launched last spring as an interdisciplinary program that explores relationships between aesthetics and the natural environment. It invites artists and scientists, including Washington College professors, to collaborate in creative ways. The new storefront headquarters, formerly occupied by Sultana Projects, will provide space for small lectures and shows, along with office space for SANDBOX director Alex Castro, an artist and designer who teaches in the Washington College Department of Art.
Castro says he is looking forward to the increased interaction with community members and visitors the storefront space will promote. “Part of our mission is to bring our collaborations to the public and to be an integral part of the town,” he says. “This new space provides a physical connection that will nurture the creative connections at the heart of SANDBOX.”