Hard-Hat Tours Scheduled Through January

In 2012, Governor Cuomo, as part of his economic development initiative, identified renovations at Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) as a Regional Priority Project. As a result, the Art Center was awarded $434,310 from several different state granting agencies. Since that time, most of the planned construction on the former Baptist Church at 37 North Buffalo has been completed.

The Vacanti Classroom has been built, a historically appropriate synthetic slate roof with copper flashing and gutters has been installed, critical wood repair has taken place, exterior and interior masonry restoration has been finished, and many structural projects, which are hard to see but critically important, have been completed. An elevator shaft has been constructed, but one hurdle remains before the newly renovated Harold L. Olmsted Gallery, the classroom, and lower­ level bathrooms can be opened to the public and made handicapped accessible: an elevator must be installed. To complete construction and install the elevator, the organization is currently raising $100,000.

To build awareness and excitement, the Art Center has scheduled Holiday Hard Hat Tours for the following upcoming Saturdays: Jan. 10, Jan. 17 and Jan. 24.

Tours will be held at 37 North Buffalo Street in Springville at 10 a.m. Light refreshments and hard hats will be available.

Reserve your spot on a tour by emailing volunteer tour coordinator Allison Duwe at allison.duwe@gmail.com or calling the Art Center office at (716) 592-­9037.

The Art Center, whose roots go back to the 1950s, purchased the church, now on the National Register of Historic Places, with an outpouring of community support, in 2007. In addition to individual contributions and state grants, financial support to make the current renovations at the Art Center possible have come from the Springville­Griffith Community Education Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the WNY Foundation, the Baird Foundation, and the John R. Oishei Foundation.

“This is a particularly exciting moment for Springville Center for the Arts,” noted Executive Director Seth Wochensky. “Our members and patrons have been dreaming of this moment since we bought the church in 2007. I know we can clear this final hurdle because of the support we have received from the community. We are all looking forward to the first gallery program scheduled for April.”

More information regarding current renovations and on how to make a charitable contribution, visit www.flush.springvillearts.org.