Springfield, Ohio – Recognizing the powerful difference the arts can make in a community, in the classroom and in the lives of young people, Wittenberg University and The Springfield Museum of Art have entered into an agreement enabling Wittenberg to purchase the museum facility located at 107 Cliff Park Road.
“Our decision to purchase the facility provides a win-win for the community of Springfield, the museum and our students,” said Dr. Mark H. Erickson, Wittenberg president. “Through this collaboration, a renewed vision for the arts in Springfield will unfold that engages the museum board and longtime museum patrons, as well as Wittenberg faculty and students.”
Formally incorporated in 1951, The Springfield Museum of Art has collected, exhibited and preserved works of art for the benefit of all individuals across generations. At the same time, the museum has encouraged education and participation in the visual arts.
“The Springfield Museum of Art has always sought to provide a dynamic range of collections, and exceptional educational and outreach programs to our community,” said Andy Irick, Springfield Museum of Art Board president and a senior vice president of Security National Bank. “This new collaboration will not only enrich our efforts, but also extend our reach as a vibrant home for the arts in Springfield.”
Plans for the shared space in the 35,000-square-foot facility and related joint programming efforts are still being discussed, but one initiative currently underway involves converting the Museum’s Sycamore Room into a black box theatre for theatrical performances and student-directed plays.
“By offering opportunities to enjoy the performing arts in conjunction with the visual arts, the Springfield community and our students will have additional avenues for an in-depth exploration in the arts,” Erickson said.
Under the agreement, the Museum, along with Interface Creative Group and the Infusion Campus in the building’s north wing, will continue to serve their respective constituents as per their respective missions. For more information on The Springfield Museum of Art or Wittenberg University, log on to www.springfieldart.museum or www.wittenberg.edu.
Written By: Karen Gerboth