“It’s just a ball of inspiration” – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A first for the Northern Liberties community. The region’s first community arts center has opened.

This female and black owned business is a work of art in itself in what it will offer people of all ages.

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If you are on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties you will see countless new establishments including 1040 Creative.

“1040 creative is a cultural center and a gallery. We are here for the community. Artist-run, artist-run,” said artist, instructor and co-owner Pauline Houston McCall.

One of the other co-owners describes it like this.

“It’s just a ball of inspiration. We hope to inspire anyone who walks through the doors,” said artist, teacher and co-owner Sheena Garcia.

And finally, the vision of the third partner.

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“An arts center, cultural arts center and gallery where we celebrate the diversity of cultures,” said artist, teacher and co-owner Marcy Lois Stein.

We also discussed what they hope visitors or guests will experience when they pass by.

“I want them to come away inspired,” McCall said.

“I want them to feel welcome and at home and to be able to explore without hesitation asking questions about the art,” Stein said.

There will be tons of classes for singles, couples, young and old, for the experienced and for the beginners.

“We have a monthly roster and we have pop-up classes that may appear during the week just for the general public,” Garcia said.

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Whether you’re in the market to buy art, just to look at it and be inspired by it, to learn more, or to create it yourself, the ladies at 1040 Creative hope you’ll let them help you.

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