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Built in 1915, The Waldron served as Bloomington’s City Hall and subsequently housed the City’s police and fire departments until the City deeded the property in 1990 to the Bloomington Area Arts Council. Since then, the building has provided gallery space, classroom space for art classes, two performance spaces, meeting rooms, and offices, and since 1994 has been the home of WFHB Community Radio. Ivy Tech has owned and operated the building as a community art center since 2010 when it purchased the building from the City of Bloomington. Bloomington’s Old City Hall building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Courthouse Square Historic District. 

 

The Waldron Recommendation Task Force

In its process of evaluating the building and considering future uses, the task force will consult with a variety of groups with a particular interest in or expertise related to the functionality of the facility. Among those groups to be consulted will be downtown restaurateurs and merchants, groups that have historically used the facility, business groups, tourism industry representatives, arts groups, youth, developers, and all those interested in engaging in the process. Recommendations for the building’s future use are anticipated by April. 

 

Members:

  • Co-chair: Miah Michaelsen, Deputy Director of the Indiana Arts Commission

  • Co-chair: Valerie Peña, Assistant Vice President/Chief of Staff for the Office of Government Relations & Economic Engagement at Indiana University

  • Jenn Christy, musician and president/owner, One Pulse Entertainment

  • Trent Deckard, Monroe County Council Member 

  • John Fernandez, former Mayor, City of Bloomington 

  • Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Bloomington Arts Commission, chair, and principal, UnderConsideration design and marketing firm

  • Heidi Harmon, financial consultant, Charles Schwab Bloomington

  • Gloria Howell, Director, Indiana University, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

  • Cindy Kinnarney, Regional President, German American Bank

  • Mary Krupinski, architect and president/owner of Kirkwood Design Studio

  • Meg Lagodzki, visual artist and owner, Meg Lagodzki Fine Art

  • Martha Moore, founder/owner, FAR Center for Contemporary Art

  • Laura Newton, Assistant Director/COO, Visit Bloomington

  • A. John Rose, founder/owner, Textillery Weavers

  • Susan Sandberg, Bloomington Common Council Member-at-Large

  • Jo Throckmorton, owner, Blue Ace Media/Jo Throckmorton Filmworks

  • Travis Vencel, Director of Development, TWG real estate development company

  • Ron Walker, Vice President, Operations, CFC Properties

  • John West, commercial broker/owner, FC Tucker Realty

 

 

 

Press Releases

February 2. 2021: Waldron Ownership Returns to City, Eight Focus Groups Explore Building’s Future Uses–Click here.

November 24: Waldron Recommendation Task Force Members Named, First Meet in December–Click here.

October 23: City Names Co-Chairs of Waldron Recommendation Committee–Click here.

May 29: Ivy Tech Plans to Return Waldron Arts Center to City of Bloomington–Click here.