MISSION + HISTORY
Waterville Creates! (WC!) enriches lives and grows the creative economy by supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions.
WC! is a comprehensive resource for residents and visitors looking to explore and enjoy the arts in Waterville. As an inclusive collaborator, promoter, and advocate for artistic expression, WC! connects artists, community, and arts and cultural institutions to make the arts accessible to individuals of all ages and artistic abilities.
We believe that the arts have power–the power to strengthen community bonds, the power to drive a robust economy, and the power to enrich lives through creative expression. We believe that art and culture are vital to a vibrant community and a prosperous city–the future we want for Waterville.
In 2014, Waterville Creates! (WC!) was established as a formal agency under the Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center (WRACC), a nonprofit created in 1996. Founded by a core group of arts and cultural institutions, including the Waterville Opera House, Maine Film Center, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville Public Library, Common Street Arts, and Waterville Main Street, WC! works to develop, promote, and deliver high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programming for residents of and visitors to Waterville while also providing administrative, development, and financial management support for partner organizations. In an effort to expand programmatic impact, maximize efficiencies, and leverage shared resources, WC! formally merged with Common Street Arts (CSA) in 2016 and with the Maine Film Center and Waterville Opera House in November 2018. WC! continues to work closely with long term partners the Colby College Museum of Art and the Waterville Public Library.