John Waldron Arts Center
The John Waldron Arts Center is home to two performing arts venues, three visual arts galleries, a studio space, and a communal lounge. The Waldron is managed by Constellation Stage & Screen and is owned and supported by the City of Bloomington.
While Constellation Stage & Screen is the resident company, the Waldron serves the greater arts and culture community in Bloomington and numerous groups hold performances, exhibits and events in the Waldron each year.
For information about rentals, visit Constellation's website.
A Brief History
The building that is now the John Waldron Arts Center was built in 1915 as Bloomington's City Hall. From 1965 to 1985 the building hosted the police department. In the eighties, the building was adapted into a cultural center managed by Bloomington Area Arts Council. Since 1994 the local Community Radio Station WFHB has been a resident organization, with their studio on 4th Street.
In 2010, Ivy Tech Community College became stewards of the building and offered visual art classes for the community as part of their Center for Lifelong Learning program. The Waldron was closed in May 2020 at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and ownership reverted to the City of Bloomington.
The official reopening of John Waldron Arts center under Constellation management was on October 13, 2022 after a 3-month renovation. The opening included a Constellation production of The Importance of Being Ernest and the Thirty-First Annual Juried Exhibition by Bloomington Photography Club in the galleries.