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    Arts Place is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Blackford County Arts Center in Hartford City.

    A special anniversary event will be held on April 7th from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available and live music will add to the atmosphere of celebration. The event will also include an opening reception for the Alcove artists’ exhibit Stepping Out.

    Members of the Alcove group will be on hand to greet the public and share about their work. The exhibit is  on display through April 27th.

    The Blackford County Arts Center was dedicated in 2013, following a capital campaign that raised over $100,000 from private contributions, as well as investments by the Blackford County Commissioners and the City of Hartford City. Today, the center offers individual music lessons as well as group piano and guitar lessons through the MusicWorks program.

    A variety of art classes are offered through the ArtWorks program, and a free Second Saturdays art activity is held for elementary students each month. In the summer, the center hosts Arts in the Parks classes along with theater and art camps. Several unique exhibits are on display throughout the year, including the annual Juried Art Show held in conjunction with the town’s Summerfest event.

    The Blackford County Arts center is located at 107 W. Washington St. in Hartford City. Regular center hours are: Monday through Thursday 3 – 7 p.m. and Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The anniversary celebration and exhibit opening reception are free. The public is welcome to stop in or stay for the whole event.

    These activities are made possible, in part, with support from the Community Foundation of Randolph County, the Portland Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.