Its future seemed uncertain just a few months ago, but the Waldron Arts Center continues to make strides as officials announced a new leader at the center on Tuesday. Paul Daily began in the position of Artistic Director at the John Waldron Arts Center on July 1. In his new role, Daily will take control of the Bloomington facility and work to expand college partnerships and strengthen performance arts in the community. Daily said he intends to make the building more open and welcoming.
“We want the community artists to still be showing their work here we want the community to still enjoy coming here so those are kind of my priorities to get it to be an open welcoming space,” Daily explained.
Ivy Tech Community College owns the Waldron. It bought the building at cost from the city who had purchased it from the financially troubled Bloomington Area Arts Council. The college’s agreement with the city stipulates that 70% of the building remain dedicated to the arts. Daily said the basic structure of the building will remain the same with a performance arts space, art galleries, and then classrooms for Ivy Tech.
“As far as spaces go, we’re cleaning them up, we’re getting them prettier, we’re making them more welcoming,” Daily said. “I want to get seats in the theatres people actually want to sit in for two hours and I want the spaces to have the lighting artists need to show off their work.”
Daily comes to the Waldron from the New York acting scene. There, he acted, co-founded, and helped run a theater company.