Waldron Arts Center will mark its reopening – Inside Indiana Business

John Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington. (courtesy of the City of Bloomington)

The city of Bloomington officially celebrates the reopening of the John Waldron Arts Center on Thursday. The facility, whose ownership returned to the city in 2021 after being used by Ivy Tech Community College, has undergone extensive repairs and renovations.

The city says it has invested $515,000 to address deferred maintenance for the center, including HVAC system and light fixture upgrades, as well as roof repairs and water damage. In January, the facility reopened to the public and performers, but a celebration was postponed due to the pandemic.

In August, new theater company Constellation Stage & Screen took over management of the Waldron and again closed the facility for further renovations such as new technical equipment, theater seating and a new cafe.

“We are thrilled that this historic space that has been a home for the arts in Bloomington is ready to reopen,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “The merger that formed Constellation and the Waldron renovations together usher in an exciting new era of the arts in our community.”

Thursday’s reopening celebration will include an exhibition by the Bloomington Photography Club at the Visual Arts Galleries at Waldron, followed by the inaugural performance of Constellation by The importance of being serious in the Waldron Auditorium.

Constellation was born in March from the merger of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Cardinal Stage and the Pigasus Institute.

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