The Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture will host an evening reception on Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 6:15 – 8:15 pm., for participants of the Embracing Community Change through the Arts, a two-day colloquium exploring best practices and practical planning tools for the arts leaders and their community partners in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, looking to advance diversity initiatives.
About Notre Dame’s new Center for Arts & Culture, which opened last month:
Located within the West Washington National Historic Register District, the Hansel Center was built in 1925 as the Children’s Dispensary, where free and reduced medical care was available to families without financial resources. It was later named after the Dispensary’s founder, Dr. Charles Hansel. The facility has also served as a neighborhood center and as the administrative offices for Head Start. The building contains more than 10,000 square feet of space on two floors and nearly 4,000 square feet in the basement.
Vacant since 2003, the building underwent a $2.5 million renovation project in 2012 through a partnership with the University of Notre Dame, the South Bend Heritage Foundation, Dorene Dominguez and Vanir Construction Management. Federal Community Development Block Grants were also used to finance some of the project. The foundation and University led fundraising efforts among local businesses and philanthropic organizations, including the Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and several other generous contributors.