The Springfield Township Arts Center is more than a building where art classes take place. It’s an exciting hub of creativity for all ages. Dedicated in 2020 and programmed by ArtsConnect, the Arts Center has touched over 18,450 lives through art instruction, open studios, and free to low-cost community events. Today we are asking individuals, families and businesses to show their support of ArtsConnect and the reinstatement of arts programs in a truly unique way.
THE NEED IS NOW FOR TOMORROW
Abruptly, operations of the Springfield Township Arts Center came to a halt when the center flooded from three broken sprinkler pipes on Christmas day, 2022. The community has stood by our side and we are forever grateful for partnerships, like Finneytown School District, offering temporary class and office space. ArtsConnect has been operating with limited resources over the past year as extensive renovations to every room in the center undergo repair. The sprinkler system had to be replaced, requiring major delays to construction. We are very excited to announce, that ArtConnect will (finally) be re-opening and a Grand Opening has been scheduled for January 5th and 6th, 2024.
Since its inception in 2012, ArtsConnect has never run a capital campaign. The flood brought unprecedented challenges and supporters have asked what can they do to help. For the first time, and in anticipation of a re-start, ArtsConnect is asking for your help in our recovery. In the coming months, many art, pottery, woodworking, kitchen and office supplies will need to be replaced. Revenues were minimal in 2023, so we are raising funds to help offset the costs in replacing so many tools and materials not covered by ArtsConnect insurance. In addition to the replacement of supplies, we have commissioned local artist, Jessica Wolf, to design an install a beautiful piece of artwork where the public can be a recognized for their support. Through your contribution, ArtsConnect will not only be able to immediately reinstate its diverse and engaging programming but also have a permanent art display to stand as a testament to community kindness and dedication to the arts. The installation will welcome visitors as a symbol of our collective resiliency.
AN EXCITING PUBLIC ART DISPLAY
Cincinnati artist, Jessica Wolf has been commissioned to design and build a one-of-a-kind, paper chandelier sculpture to hang in the stairwell of the renovated art center. The design of the chandelier will be symbolic of the flood and rising from adversity when our community comes together. Donors can be recognized for their contributions in the art, on a plaque and/or on a web page dedicated to the new chandelier.
Our goal is to raise $15,000. Of this fundraiser, $3,000 will be used towards the art commission. The remainder will be used in our recovery efforts.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Funds raised by March 31, 2024 through the campaign will not only bring a permanent work of art to the center, it will help sustain ongoing operations of ArtsConnect. Your support will have a profound impact. The art installation will be up by the Grand Opening. The final plaque will be hung in April.
We are eager to share the details of our re-grand opening as soon as they are confirmed. It will be a momentous occasion, and we would be honored to have you join us in celebrating this milestone. Your support is an integral part of this achievement, and we look forward to acknowledging your contribution during our festivities.