In 2006, Joann Wheeler accepted the challenge of instituting the Oil City artist relocation and arts revitalization program. While Joann’s duties focused on administering the redevelopment program to attract artists from across the United States, it was also crucial that she develop a location where such artists could establish their work studios once they relocated to the rural Pennsylvania city.
As luck would have it, there was a building in the center of Oil City’s downtown district with a national reputation for its beauty and grace Named The Transit Building. Sadly over the years, the building had stood empty and neglected, to the point that demolition seemed inevitable. But through the intercession of an unexpected patron , The Transit Building sat ready and waiting for ARTS Oil City and Joann to claim it.
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