It’s so wonderful when art becomes the moving force behind community economic development as it did in Pottstown at Art Fusion, when they partnered with Genesis Housing and Housing Visions to create a commercial space for their own organization and 43 one, two and three bedroom apartments in a former warehouse. It was especially important to Art Fusion that the project attract more artists to downtown Pottstown, strengthening the community as an arts and cultural destination. The larger permanent locations allows Art Fusion to host a gallery and an ongoing series of classes including drawing, painting, ceramics, glass making, jewelry making and the fiber arts. Their especially important healing arts program gives military veterans and those whose lives have been touched by cancer the opportunity to experience the healing power of the arts, supported by scholarships that are funded by local businesses and organizations.