New Visusal Arts Center Opens in Springfield

Jan 8, 2019

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Art Association has opened a new $1.8 million Visual Arts Center.

The State Journal-Register reports the 5,800-square-foot building near downtown includes a metals studio, glass and ceramics studios. Mayor Jim Langfelder calls it "a transformational project" for the city of Springfield. 

The association held a ribbon cutting and open house on Saturday.

Springfield Art Association Executive Director Betsy Dollar says she hopes the space is more than a magnificent place to work and learn skills. Dollar says she wants it to build a stronger creative community in Springfield.

The vision for the project started in 2012. The group received about $300,000 from more than 800 donors and $450,000 from tax increment financing funds. Dollar says fundraising will continue.