Imagine our aging towns coming back to life.
Historic Virgin Islands architecture in Frederiksted town. – 2017 BGMS Photo
Who We Are
VIAC is a community development non-profit corporation, organized to develop the Old Barracks property on Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix into an urban campus and education lab that will teach, train and certify our young people in the building arts of stone, wood, iron and other crafts used to build and restore Virgin Islands and other historic towns. We are an affiliate member of the National Alliance of Community Development Associations (NACEDA).(Christiansted Barracks – In Search of Identity file photo)
We bring people, ideas and resources together to improve the life of our community through education, workforce development, small and micro business development and cultural heritage preservation to create a dynamic vision for the future of our community. (Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism CHANT workshop – BGMS Photo 2018)
What We Do
We are raising money to renovate the Old Barracks property on Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix and convert it into an urban campus and education lab where our young people can learn the historic building craft traditions of the Virgin Islands and use these skills to participate in the revitalization of our aging towns. As it develops, VIAC will serve as an anchor for a cultural economic development corridor in the town of Christiansted that will provide opportunities for workforce development and training, small business development and cultural heritage tourism. (In Search of Identity photo file)
VIAC developed as the non-profit arm of the In Search of Identity project which began as a post Transfer centennial collaboration between Virgin Islands and Danish historians, architects and community activists. VIAC is administered by a Board of Directors and Advisory Board composed of local experts in the field of culture, education and community economic development from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Denmark. VIAC is utilizing the town plan concepts created with community input by the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority as the model for the project that will create opportunities in education, workforce development and training, small business development, entrepreneurship and cultural heritage tourism. (Christiansted Market – BGMS File photo by Chalana Brown.)
Get in Touch
Virgin Islands Architecture Center for Built Heritage and Crafts, Inc.
1236 Strand Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI 00820
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