The John A. Walker Community Center is proud to be this region’s premier venue for cultural experience in Wilkes and surrounding areas and to serve as as the preferred gathering place for meetings, weddings, receptions, conventions, banquets, and parties.
The Walker Center was created to support Wilkes Community College’s mission components of culture, business, industry, and training. Dr. David Daniel, WCC president at the time, took the lead on the effort to construct the center and WCC’s Endowment Corporation, the fundraising arm of the institution, embarked on a fundraising drive that would raise $2.2 million.
In March of 1983, ground was broken on the building thanks to the 1,500 donors who contributed to the vision of the center. When construction was completed, WCC was enhanced by a 33,000 square foot building that featured an 1,100 seat auditorium, lobby, backstage area, and management area.
The dedication and ribbon cutting were held on August 24, 1984 and featured the opening performance of Gordon MacRae and Anna Maria Alberghetti. On October 24 of that same year, WCC Theatre held their production of The Music Man in the center for a special performance for alumni.
Over the years interest in the John A. Walker Community Center grew as more people realized the tremendous asset such a facility provides. In addition to a vibrant performing arts center and exciting school events program, the center has hosted many business and community events. The demand on the facility indicated a need for expansion. In 2000 a $1.9 million renovation expanded the lobby, provided additional restrooms, and created a full production kitchen.
Most of the people you will encounter during your Walker Center visit are volunteers. They are vital to the operations of our center. Our volunteers enjoy representing the Walker Center and serving our guests. We welcome new members into our volunteer family. Contact Debbie Cangiolosi at 336-838-6264 to find out about all the volunteer opportunities at the Walker Center.