50th Anniversary Celebrations

For everyone's safety, all public programming is temporarily canceled until further notice. Click here for our COVID-19 updates.

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50th Anniversary Slideshow

50th Anniversary Slideshow

Reminisce with a slideshow featuring archival photographs celebrating 50 years.

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is thrilled to celebrate its 50th anniversary as one of the most unusual and creative landmarks in the Northeast!

Founded by glass magnate Frank H. Wheaton Jr. to be a turn of the 20th-century glass town destination, the first WheatonArts buildings opened to the public in 1970. 50 years later, WheatonArts has become an international hub for artists exploring the limits of their creativity and a reception for the region’s cultural diversity. It has additionally earned regional, national, and international recognition for its unique collections and programs.

In light of the COVID-19 situation temporarily closing our doors, many of our highlighted events have been canceled or postponed for later dates. While we are challenged by these changing times, we are continuing to do our best to connect and engage our community of artists, youth, patrons, and the public in meaningful ways.

In this isolation, our mission to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity becomes even more essential with the significant role that art holds on our daily lives. 

Black and white photo of the first class of Creative Class Fellows working in the Glass Studio in 1983.
Red reproduction of a glass "Jame Lee Pitcher" with a clear handle.
Three vibrant glass flowers, purple, pink, and teal.

We will update this page as programming updates become available. Please check for updates throughout the year. Thank you!

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