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The Jim Aresty School for Young Artists &

The Frances McSwain Pruitt & J. Crayton Pruitt Arts Education Center

Opening January 2022

We are almost there!  The doors will be open at the Pruitt Education Center on January 3, 2022 and we are excited to already have scheduled more than 75 classes for children and adults.

We are now raising funds so that we can put into place a robust education program that will serve the needs of the community, including children's classes of the Jim Aresty School for Young Artists.

The Frances McSwain Pruitt and J. Crayton Pruitt Arts Education Center, will house a dance studio and three classrooms to serve local youth and adults from South St. Petersburg neighborhoods including Midtown and The Deuces.

Your generosity today will allow us to work with art educators, community partners and practicing artists to build an excellent arts program.

"Gratitude – the simple and profound feeling of being thankful, is the foundation of generosity."

To enter the Raffle Contest to win two season passes to the "Sunset Lecture Series: Bringing Art History to Life with Danielle Garcia" make sure you include the word "Raffle" in the comment section.

We are grateful for your generosity.

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The Pruitt 

Arts Education Center

The Pruitt Arts Education Center is More

than 2,600 Square Feet

Approximate Class rooms sizes are:

  • Exercise Room/Dance Studio -  20' x 40'
  • Large Classroom - 14' x 19"
  • 2 Smaller Classrooms - 13' x 15'
  • Lobby/Gallery - 20' x 21"


  • The dance studio can be used for dance lessons, yoga, tai chi, disability movement.
  • The combination of health and art brings a holistic approach to use of the space.
  • The three classrooms can be used for traditional art classes for both children and adults.
  • The Education Center can be used to strengthen the community- another mission of WADA.
  • We met with the West Central Girl Scouts and Academy Prep to create community partnerships to use the space for meetings and art lessons.