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Ivy Tech to dedicate John Waldron Arts Center on Tuesday

September 8, 2010

Bloomington, Ind. Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington will hold a dedication event at the Ivy Tech-John Waldron Arts Center on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The dedication event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, plaque dedication, and informal tours of the building and its newly dedicated gallery and classroom spaces.

“The Ivy Tech-John Waldron Arts Center is yet another example of Ivy Tech fulfilling its mission as a true comprehensive community college,” John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus said. “We have increased our lifelong learning options and integrated arts education into the Waldron for delivery to the community through activities such as Ivy Arts for Kids.  In fact, this fall we added 22 arts-related classes to our program inventory as the direct result of acquiring the facility.  In addition, we launched the “Waldron 2010-11 Season” for the performing arts, and reconfigured gallery space for visual artists as well.”

Ivy Tech Community College purchased the building in May 2010 from the City of Bloomington for $1. Ivy Tech now provides a variety of course offerings, gallery spaces, and performance spaces, as well as space for Ivy Arts for Kids.

An advisory committee was created to provide both input and feedback on performing and visual arts planning activity, space usage and programming. The Ivy Tech John Waldron advisory committee includes A. John Rose, John West, Steve Dawson, Lee Williams, Malcolm Abrams, Miah Michaelson, Lynn Schwartzberg and Paul Sturm.

The Ivy Tech Waldron has 19,366 square feet of space and includes two performing arts spaces and five galleries. The performing arts spaces for the “Waldron 2010-11 Season” include the Auditorium and Rose Firebay. Season schedule brochures can be picked up by visiting the Waldron.

The art galleries at the Ivy Tech Waldron include Rosemary P. Miller, Treasurer’s, Education, Flashlight and Vault. Ivy Tech Waldron is accepting visual art submissions through December 1 at

The public is encouraged to attend the dedication event and see the changes taking place in the historic John Waldron Arts Center. For more information please call (812) 330-4400. The Ivy Tech Waldron is located at 122 S. Walnut St., downtown Bloomington.

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.