Tea to Benefit Notre Dame Community Arts Center-- SBT 9/21/2015

Author: Alexandra Schaufele

The former carriage house sits on the grounds of the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture on West Washington Street in South Bend

By Margaret Fosmoe South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Tea Time for the Arts, the first fundraiser for the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Arts & Culture, will be at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the ballroom at the Morris Inn on campus.

Notre Dame’s Center for Arts & Culture, at 1045 W. Washington St., which opened in 2013, provides year-round programming for community residents. The university founded the arts and culture center with a $2.8 million renovation of the former Hansel Center on the city’s west side.

The center’s programs include children’s art experiences, tutoring, exhibits in the Crossroads Gallery and fine art printmaking in Segura Arts Studio. And now there are plans to expand those efforts.

The goal is to raise $50,000 to expand the center’s programs by remodeling the building’s basement and a former carriage house at the rear of the property, said Catherine DeRue, an administrative assistant at the center.

Once remodeled, the carriage house will provide housing for visiting artists. The center’s basement, now used mostly for storage, will provide space for an art framing shop and additional programming, DeRue said.

Tea Time for the Arts will include afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, entertainment, and silent and live auctions of art. Guests may purchase wine or cocktails from the bar. Complimentary valet parking is provided.

Individual tickets are $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit artsandculture.nd.edu/teatime-for-the-arts.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 24. Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information, call 574-631-1904.

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