New $1.8M Visual Arts Center opens near downtown Springfield

Illinois State Capitol Building- Springfield – Studstill Media Photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — 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.