Columbus Indiana Philharmonic to break ground on new multipurpose space

Posted on: March 29, 2019

“The Helen Haddad Music, Arts & Event Center will be a step closer to reality when leaders of the local professional orchestra break ground on the $2.5 million project during a special ceremony at 4 p.m. April 3 in downtown Columbus,” writes Brian Blair in Tuesday’s (3/26) Republic (Columbus, IN). “All but about $100,000 of the effort has been raised, according to Margaret Powers, executive director of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. And that final amount is expected to be met via the current $50,000 matching grant opportunity through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program. In fact, Powers said Philharmonic leaders are hopeful the remaining financial gap can be closed in time for the groundbreaking—a public event featuring Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Haddad, and other dignitaries. The approximate 100-seat center will be constructed at the rear of the Philharmonic office at 315 Franklin St. Currently, that space is … a conference room that faces toward a parking lot.” Among those who will use the space are the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir, and the space will be available for use by other area groups.

Posted March 29, 2019