Envoy, Arts for Lawrence announce partnership

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Envoy has been selected as the construction partner for the first phase of Arts for Lawrence’s Cultural Campus at Fort Benjamin Harrison. The redevelopment project will include renovations to the Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave., Lawrence. Design plans are being finalized, and construction is expected to start next month.

The City of Lawrence received a $5.8 million grant from the Lilly Endowment’s “Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation” initiative in 2018 for the cultural campus project.

“The Cultural Campus will put Fort Harrison on the map as an arts destination,” Arts for Lawrence Executive Director Judy Byron said. “This is the natural next step in the continued redevelopment of Fort Harrison. It’s meaningful to have a community member as a part of the development.”

Phase 1 of the campus will include facility upgrades to the Theater at the Fort, such as cosmetic repairs to the building’s interior and exterior. It also will provide accessibility improvements, multimedia equipment and improvements to the nearby Sterrett Community Center, 8950 Otis Ave.

Envoy, which is headquartered at Fort Harrison, also will manage the renovation and relocation of the historic Fort Harrison communications building, which will be repurposed as the Visual Arts Building on the cultural campus property. The repurposed facility will provide increased gallery space and room for more visual art classes.

“We are proud to be selected as the Arts for Lawrence construction partner, especially as Fort Harrison is our home,” Envoy President Scott Baldwin stated. “Investment in quality-of-life initiatives, such as the arts and community spaces, help to drive economic development and growth. The new Cultural Campus will only further the appeal of Lawrence Village at the Fort.”

For more, visit artsforlawrence.org.

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