In July 2020, construction began for Illinois Art Station’s (IAS) new facility and 2.5-acre campus. Facilitated by the IAS Foundation, site plans were submitted and approved by the Town of Normal to rezone its newly acquired property at 101 E. Vernon Avenue, where IAS will establish its permanent home for providing transformative, hands-on art experiences for children, youth and their families.
“This is a tremendous moment for IAS,” says IAS Executive Director Laura Jaster. “We hope that children and their families from all over our community will find a home with IAS at our new location.”
Located near the Constitution Trail, just minutes from Uptown Normal, IAS’s new home will feature studio spaces, a public gallery, and outdoor space that will encourage visitors to explore, observe, and create.
“Being able to integrate nature and exploration, close looking, and art making will allow us to provide something truly unique for our young artists, “Jaster said. “When people approach IAS from Uptown or walk through our grounds they will know that they are arriving someplace special.”
The facility is expected to open in Summer 2021 and, in addition to its current online programming, will feature many onsite programs, including activities for toddlers, after school programs, and weekend activity stations to name a few. Read the full press release »