SOUTH BEND — When the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Arts & Culture opens next fall on the city’s near west side, it will include a printmaking studio, an art gallery and space for public programs.
Work will begin soon on a $2.8 million renovation of the former Hansel Center, 1045 W. Washington St., into an arts center and a base for the university’s Institute for Latino Studies.
The Crossroads Gallery now in the Notre Dame Downtown office, 217 S. Michigan St., will relocate to the arts center, and the university’s Center for Social Concerns and legal aid clinic also will provide some services there.
“We see it as a place where Notre Dame will engage with the community,” said Allert Brown-Gort, associate director of the Institute for Latino Studies.
Students and employees already are involved in volunteer work and other activities at Robinson Community Learning Center and other sites close to campus. The arts center will provide a convenient place to offer services and programs for community residents who live farther away, he said.
University representatives expect to offer cooperative programs involving the arts center and Indiana University South Bend’s Civil Rights Heritage Center, located just across Washington Street, as well as the Center for History and the Salvation Army’s soon-to-open Kroc Center.
“This gives us a different community to work with. And they won’t have to travel,” Brown-Gort said.
Notre Dame will relocate the Center for Latino Studies annex that is now at 1024 N. Notre Dame Ave. into the arts center.
The building also will house Segura Fine Arts Studio, a commercial print studio now based in Tempe, Ariz. Studio founder Joseph Segura is a visiting faculty member at Notre Dame. His studio will relocate here and become part of the university.
Some of the renovation work will be paid for with $796,000 in tax increment finance funds and $134,000 in community development block grant funds, according to a memorandum of understanding recently signed by the city, Notre Dame, South Bend Heritage Foundation and the California-based Vanir Group.
The building is owned by South Bend Heritage. That agency will complete part of the renovation using block grant funds, then transfer ownership to the city, which will proceed with additional work using the TIF money. Ownership then will revert to South Bend Heritage, which will donate the building to Notre Dame. The university will use $1.5 million it has raised privately to complete the project.
Vanir Group will donate construction funds, project management services and serve as the university’s representative during the project. The renovation is being designed by Kil Architecture & Planning of South Bend.
A carriage house at the rear of the property eventually may be renovated into apartments for artists-in-residence, said Doug Franson, assistant director of the Latino studies institute.
Hansel Center has been vacant since 2003. It was built in 1925 as the Children’s Dispensary, where free and reduced medical services were provided to poor families. It eventually was renamed in honor of Dr. Charles Hansel, founder of the Children’s Dispensary, and it later served as a neighborhood center and Head Start program offices.
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