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Amanda J. Billings
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Ivy Tech Waldron usage primarily arts-focused, as promised

December 10, 2010

Bloomington, Ind. Since Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington took ownership of the John Waldron Arts Center in May, the building has housed Ivy Tech continuing education classes, theatrical performances and artist gallery exhibits, as well as artist receptions and Ivy Tech summer arts camp sessions for kids.

Over the course of the fall semester, the college ran 40 sections of continuing education classes at the Waldron through Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Center for Lifelong Learning, with 93 percent arts-related courses. For the fall semester, Ivy Tech saw a 23 percent increase in noncredit registrations over spring 2010.

Additionally, Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning ran 10 weeks of Ivy Arts for Kids summer classes in ceramics, painting, drawing and mixed media. To assist families, Ivy Tech awarded $1500 in scholarships to 20 campers for Ivy Arts for Kids classes.

“When Ivy Tech purchased the building for $1 from the City of Bloomington in May, deed restrictions stated that Waldron activities be arts-related at least 70 percent of the time. For Ivy Tech, it’s not a restriction at all, but part of our mission as a comprehensive community college,” John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus said.

The Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium and Rose Firebay hosted 11 performing artists and 18 total productions from various production companies, including Cardinal Stage Co., InterAction Theater, Starrynight Productions, Theatre of the People, Scott Kellogg, Breshaun Joyner, Monroe County Civic Theater, and WFHB. 

Since August, the Ivy Tech Waldron galleries have displayed 14 exhibits and approximately 80 artists. Hundreds of visitors have visited the Ivy Tech Waldron on First Fridays and Gallery Walk nights. The galleries had an estimated 400 visitors in August, and every Friday thereafter the galleries welcomed anywhere from 75 to 200 guests to view current exhibits.

The Ivy Tech Waldron building has two performance spaces, five galleries, and five classrooms. Ivy Tech will add a sixth gallery in 2011 equipped with video and sound capability.

Ivy Tech continues its rent-free tenant contract with community radio station WFHB.

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center hours are Mon. - Fri from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m., and is located at 122 S. Walnut St., downtown Bloomington. The building will be closing on Dec. 24-25 for the holidays, and opening at Noon on Jan. 1, 2011. No cost for admission to view gallery exhibits. For more information, call the Ivy Tech Waldron at (812) 330-4400.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.