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Quality of Life
Springfield Museum of Art Renovation
The Springfield Museum of Art has engaged and enriched the greater Clark County community through art education programs and exhibitions for over 73 years. The Museum’s studio art classrooms and special event banquet room serve the greater community as a valuable education and meeting space. It is the oldest section of the museum and in dire need of renovation to serve the current demands of the community and bring the entire facility into ADA compliance.
Of the total cost of $5,900,000 for the project, approximately $4,000,000 has been received ($2,690,741) and pledged. Individual donations account for $2,369,972 already raised. Corporate funds account for $255,000 already raised. Public funds account for $372,968 already raised. See attached sheet for additional details. Funds raised to date also include the phase 1 part of the project, which is an HVAC and endowment project.
To complete the remaining fundraising, the funds likely to be received in the future will come from a large corporate gift that is near completion, a number of mid-sized individual gifts, and, hopefully, funds from this request.
Construction or Capital
The Museum has secured pledges of $4M toward our $5.9M goal for our capital and endowment campaign. $2.4M of these funds are restricted for the endowment and $3.2 is designated for capital improvements. $350,000 for operating bridge funds and fundraising expenses are completely covered through Board of Trustees’ and an individual donor’s contributions. We have $1.3M pledged toward our $3.2M phase 2 capital expenses and are working to secure the remaining $1.9M to complete the project. (Details attached in #52). Phase 2 includes the renovation of the art education and community space wing of the Museum.
This program could qualify for federal or state level funding sources that have interest in the arts, low-income community education, and early childhood education.
The Springfield Museum of Art is taking a prudent approach to long-term sustainability by reallocating existing space more effectively to make the older sections of the facility fully ADA accessible with new restrooms, expanded special event banquet space, wheel-chair accessible studio art classroom, and increased community gallery space to meet the growing requests for regional exhibitions, event rentals, and programs such as the High School Congressional Art Show.
Success will be measured by completing this project on time and within budget and providing more studio art classes, especially for individuals with disabilities, increasing the number of community exhibitions and special events at the Art Museum. Success will also be measured by the increase in the number of visitors and Clark County residents that experience the museum.
Short-term job creation detail: Renovations are expected to increase community participation at the Art Museum resulting in 1-5 new jobs. Job retention detail: The Springfield Museum of Art employs 3 full-time staff, 5 part-time staff, 3 student workers, 7 teaching artists and relies on over 50 community volunteers annually. Long-term job creation detail: While this project is not designed to create a large number of new jobs, the current jobs at the Springfield Museum of Art will be retained and at least one new position is expected to be added to manage the banquet hall functions. This project will result in numerous economic benefits to Downtown Springfield and the Clark County region by providing additional work for caterers, hoteliers, restaurants, florists, and the wide array of hospitality and service providers.