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Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 04:36 am


The Harriet Tubman/Susan B. Anthony Women’s Self Help and Multicultural Center hopes to expand its arts and crafts, music, health and fitness, computer technology and education programs into the Matheny School Building, 2200 E. Jackson St., but first the nonprofit needs the finances.

John T. Crisp, Jr., the organization’s president, says they want to use their current space in the Springfield Park District building at 1415 N. Grand Ave. E., and the Matheny building to serve more youth on the east side of Springfield.

“We have a lot to give kids,” Crisp says. “We hope that we can redirect their attention to their education and let them know how important their education and training is to the rest of their lives.”

The center needs $100,000 for the expansion and hopes to jumpstart fundraising efforts at its third annual Eastside Fall Jazz Festival. Featuring local and national musicians, the festival runs from 11 a.m.-7