Stevens Square arts organization turns five

STEVENS SQUARE —Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA) celebrates its fifth anniversary with several events in November and December.

The non-profit, artist-run community center kicked-off festivities Nov. 8 with the opening of its annual members’ exhibit, now on display in the SSCA gallery, 1905 3rd Ave. S, above the Third Avenue Market.

That 5,500-square foot gallery was created out of a vacant commercial space in the summer of 2003. The renovation was completed through a partnership between the Stevens Square Community Organization, JAS Apartments and community artists.

In addition to operating the gallery and studio space, SSCA works with the neighborhood organization to run the annual Red Hot Art Festival in Stevens Square Park. The volunteer-run center also hosts regular exhibits and a yearly zine fair.

Fifth anniversary festivities continue Nov. 21 with a silent auction, art raffle and music from Bigbody Applehead from 4 p.m.–8 p.m.

There will be art-making and live music 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Dec. 5, followed Dec. 6 with the center’s annual Holiday Art and Bake Sale, also featuring live music, from 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

For more information on the SSCA or the center’s fifth anniversary events visit the SSCA website.