Mayor John Hamilton hosts progress update at Waldron

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton invites community members to attend an update on the progress the City has made on investments and actions to reactivate the John Waldron Art Center to support the performing and visual arts in the community for the next five years.

The Waldron (credit: Martin Bolin)

Mayor John Hamilton and Holly Warren, Assistant Director for the Arts, will offer remarks on Friday, at 5 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walk.  

The remarks will be made in the lobby of the Waldron, at 122 South Walnut Street.  Those attending will be required to observe current public health protocols including face covering and physical distancing.

In May 2021, the City announced a commitment of $515,000 to rehabilitate the circa-1915 building to bring it into code compliance and allow it again to serve as a performance and exhibition space.  The ownership of the Waldron had reverted from Ivy Tech Community College to the City of Bloomington in January 2021.  The former City Hall building served as a community arts center from 1990 to 2020.  The City’s investment in the building and its reactivation as an arts center for the next five years follows recommendations made by the community-led Waldron Recommendation Task Force, convened by Mayor Hamilton in November 2020. 

The Waldron task force report is available here.