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Springville Center for the Arts pushes to finish renovating former church

All they need is $5,000 more.

The Springville Center for the Arts campaign to complete renovations at the former Baptist Church on North Buffalo Street is down to the final push.

The community raised $100,000 to purchase the former church in 2007. State grants of more than $430,000 in 2012 helped push the project forward, and last year, the center had a campaign to raise $100,000 for the installation of an elevator and larger restrooms.

Now, the center needs $5,000 to close out this phase.

“We are asking community members and supporters of the arts to consider a $50 donation or above. If 100 individuals give $50, we meet our goal,” said board President Carla T. Roetzer.

Roetzer said that each $50 donor will receive a hexagonal tile to decorate, which will be installed in the new space as a permanent art piece.

Donors giving at the $250 level or above will be recognized on wall or floor plaques. Those plaques can also be purchased as memorials to loved ones or in honor of groups or organizations. Contributions are tax deductible. The center plans to end its capital campaign by the Art Crawl on May 7. The building is projected to be complete and the gallery reopened for the gala and mini golf tournament June 18.

The project involved the construction of a classroom, asbestos abatement, roof replacement, masonry restoration and renovations to the south wing of the building for gallery and exhibition space.

Tiles will be installed in a mosaic at the elevator door outside the restrooms. A tile-decorating station will be set up during Art Crawl from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 7. Donors are encouraged to attend this event and check in at the tent at Main and Mechanic streets. Paints, tiles and other materials will be available for use.

Volunteers are working on trim work and painting in the classroom. Inmates from Collins Correctional Facility installed and refinished wood floors. The center is organizing volunteers to move and hang drywall in the restrooms April 23. Those interested in helping should contact Tracy M. Maybray, volunteer coordinator, by email at or by calling 592-9038.