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Thursday, April 14, 2011 03:20 pm


As Springfield’s arts community grows, so must the amount work space available. Betsy Dollar, executive director of the Springfield Art Association, says Springfield currently lacks adequate studio space for artists working in ceramics, metals, glass and more. Most of the local ceramics studios, for example, are connected to colleges, Dollar says, so only students have access to them. With that in mind, SAA wants community input on whether to pursue the creation of a new visual arts center, which would provide studios for rent, classrooms for art instruction, exhibition space and more. “This goes along with looking at recombining local arts organizations under one roof, so that we share resources instead of splintering,” Dollar says, adding that a visual arts center would differ in purpose from the Hoogland Center for the Arts, which is geared more toward performance art. To weigh in, take the SAA survey online at or request a paper copy by calling 523-2631. The Springfield Art Association website is