Over the years, the center known for its courses in watercolor diversified its programming to include ballroom dancing, ballet, writing, welding, jewelry, pottery, Cowboy Boot Charm bread-making and clay, a course that has a perpetual waiting list. But it wasn't always like that, Hudson said. "This [armory space] was not being used hot Pink Heart Charm, and you don't build a new house until you're busting at the seams," she said. Now, with classes seven days a week and nowhere to add more, "We can justify the move." The White Bear Lake Arts Center, which operates on a $278,000 budget, was recognized in 2010 with a Local Government Innovation Award from the Humphrey Institute for arts programming it brought to students in the White Bear Sweetie Bracelet Medium Area School District. City leaders are ecstatic that the center isn't moving far from the downtown area. "They are excited to finally get a home base. It's been a dream for the center for a long time," said White Bear Lake Sweetie Bracelet Manager Mark Sather. "It's been an asset to the community. It's an institution we are proud of having in the community."
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