Mansfield Art Center Raising Funds For New Expansion

  • 8/12/2018 10:32:13 AM
  • Emily Ramey
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH– The Mansfield Art Center has developed a $2.63 million fundraising campaign called "Art Rising" for a large new education wing, pavilion, and renovations.

“It’s been almost 50 years since the art center opened at Millsboro Road and Marion Avenue,” said George Whitten, executive director. “And we’ve never had a major capital campaign.”

About $2.3 million has been raised so far this year for Art Rising. What "got the ball rolling" was a $750,000 construction grant from the state of Ohio in February. Fundraising is expected to finish up around November and construction of the projects will likely begin next spring. 

"We're in the part of our campaign where any donation helps. Even a small donation can have a big impact on our community." said Whitten.

Considered one of the top architectural buildings in Ohio, the art center is a community resource, arts catalyst, and major cultural attraction in north central Ohio, drawing thousands of visitors, artists, and students each year. The main focus of the new educational wing will be ceramics and glass.

"Ceramics right now is our biggest program so we'll definitely continue with that," Whitten explained.

The art center will also be introducing a new after-school program for students of Mansfield City Schools.

“The art center used to be a club of artists and members, but now we have as many non-members as members taking classes and participating in workshops,” Whitten said, adding that the interest level has been growing significantly among those who want to learn ceramics and glass art.

 

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