Brian and Shirley Tirpak own the building in which Creative Changes Center for Arts & Humanities is housed. Both Brian and Shirley were born and raised in Schuylkill County and remain living and working in Schuylkill County to this day.
Shirley is a 1979 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School. She graduated in 1983 from Kutztown University with a Dual certificate in Elementary Education and Special Education, K-12
Her Graduate work was completed through Bloomsburg University, Wilkes University and Penn State World Campus. She holds a third certificate in English.
Shirley began her teaching career at IU#29 at the Marlin Center. She then was moved to Tamaqua Area H.S., Where she taught Learning Disabled 9-12th grades.
After taking a few years off to raise her children, Shirley returned as a teacher at IU#21 and then took a full time position at Carbon County Vo-Tech as a Learning Support teacher to 9-12th grade students.
Brian is a 1978 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School. He owns and operates Tirpak Insurance Agency in Hometown, Tamaqua, PA.
Creative Changes Center for Arts & Humanities
became an idea when Brian and Shirley Tirpak purchased the Former St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church Building , 214 Green St., Brockton ,PA on February 14,2014.
In the beginning, Shirley looked for a place to start up "The Organic Cookie Company". It is homemade cookies, made with all organic products,baked and packagedin the former commercial kitchen in the church building.
The kitchen was perfect for the small internet based company it became.
Along with the kitchen came the entire area which was the church and recreation hall as well as the rectory where the priest lived.
We knew this was a lot of space and we had to come up with some creative ideas for its use.
Feeling very blessed and humbled, we thought that such a beautiful building built by this community, should serve a purpose to build up their community. This is when the idea to open a non-profit center for arts and humanities came to mind. Many schools are cutting funding for Art, Music, and Humanities. We feel it is our chance to provide our community with a chance to keep some of it alive. We are small, but are growing little by little, organically.
The rectory has had a sprucing up also. After replacing frozen pipes throughout the entire property and bringing the building up to code, we hope to be opening a Bed & Breakfast in the part of the property which was the rectory. It will be called: "The Whispering Willow Inn". We still have details to work out and things to get in order before we celebrate our opening. We will be able to host families who come into town for visits, reunions, funerals, weddings, and so much more. Watch for our opening coming in Summer 2017.
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Creative Changes Center for Arts and Humanities