Springfield, Ohio – Knowing the difference the arts can make in a community, in the classroom, and in the lives of children and adults, the Springfield Museum of Art, Arts Interface Creative Group and Wittenberg University will now offer even more dynamic programming as part of the newly dedicated Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University. The announcement occurred during the art museum’s annual art ball, Aug. 28.
Located at 107 Cliff Park Road, the 35,000-square-foot facility offers a unique opportunity for all entities to work collaboratively to engage the community and campus in the arts. Along with the annual gallery exhibits and events presented by the Springfield Museum of Art and the range of arts-centered classes and offerings sponsored by Arts Interface Creative Group, the new Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University will also now offer theatrical performances in the new Wittenberg Student Theatre, a blackbox theatre inside the recently renovated Don and Martha Rodgers Sycamore Room.
“Through this collaboration, we can offer longtime museum patrons and community members, as well as Wittenberg faculty and students, the opportunity to engage in arts education in new and exciting ways,” said Wittenberg President Mark H. Erickson. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved and for Springfield.”
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. Now, through the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University, the museum will provide exhibit space to display Wittenberg’s art collections in the renamed Wittenberg-Halley Gallery. The collaboration will also provide for internship opportunities for Wittenberg students, as well as allow for creative partnering on current and future programs at the facility.
”This partnership promises exceptional educational and outreach opportunities for Springfield and the entire community,” said Andy Irick, president of the Springfield Museum of Art Board.
Arts Interface Creative Group, which manages the Infusion Campus, an after-school arts learning program, is also pleased to be a part of the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University.
“Since its founding, Arts Interface Creative Group has believed that the good of the whole outweighs the good of the one, and that culture initiates economic development change,” said Charlie McFarland, chair of the Arts Interface Creative Group Board. “This new collaborative effort with Wittenberg directly reflects our values and our commitment to this community, and we look forward to extending our current relationship with the university on the Wittenberg Series to develop new opportunities for arts education in Springfield and beyond.”
Joint fall programs between Wittenberg, the Springfield Museum of Art and Arts Interface Creative Group are already in the final planning stages. The first event scheduled is scheduled for Sept. 18 with the opening of the museum’s “Fragile Nature” exhibit featuring the photography of Paul Sartore. During the exhibit, which runs Sept. 18-Oct. 30, Wittenberg will also present “Divine Nature: Butterfly Art of the Nineteenth Century” in the Wittenberg-Halley Gallery, while Arts Interface Creative Group will be presenting the large-scale mixed media work of Don Warfe and the multi-media work of Kyna Paul.
A full listing of all the events at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University is available online atwww.springfieldlive.com and at the conclusion of this release.
In June 2010, Wittenberg University and The Springfield Museum of Art entered into an agreement enabling Wittenberg to purchase the museum facility. As part of the new agreement, a facility management oversight committee was established, which has been working to ensure that the entire facility is managed in ways that reflect the missions of the Springfield Museum of Art, Arts Interface Creative Group and Wittenberg, while preserving and expanding the unique attributes of all three entities.
Wittenberg Contact: Karen Gerboth
Springfield Museum of Art Contact: Andy Irick
Arts Interface Creative Group Contact: Katherine Denney