Huntington Thrives

A campaign for shared vision

yOUR DONATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE

The Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurial Center (HAEC) is a catalyst for creativity and prosperity in downtown Huntington.   The HAEC and its staff inspire people like you to dream, design, develop and launch your abilities as an artist or small business operator.  We are here to help everyone make Life Happen in Huntington.

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TO OUR GOAL OF $1,750,000

Arts Programming

Workshops

Basic DSLR photography and media management workshops will be offered to youth and adults using their own equipment.

Digital Photography

Basic DSLR photography and media management workshops will be offered to youth and adults using their own equipment.

Culinary Arts

Instruction in the culinary arts for a variety of cuisines will be offered to individuals, couples, and students by professionals in a commercial kitchen setting.

Culinary Arts

The creative writing workshops will teach the key elements of story telling in all literary genres.

Pottery & Kiln

Pottery wheels will be available for workshops and individual use. A kiln will be available on a set schedule, allowing the public an opportunity to fire their work.

Summer & Afterschool Art Camps

Various activities will be available to your kids so they can continue exploring their interests and discover their talents during school breaks.

Artist Studios

Private studios will be available for rent to local artists who need a space to create.

Arts in Education

Arts in Education programming is a traditional program of the LaFontaine Arts Council. It includes a series of activities designed to enhance the creative opportunities and strengthen the cultural awareness of every student in the Huntington County Schools from preschool through graduation. Activities can consist of music, theater, dance, and an artist-in-residence.

Gallery & Exhibit Space

The Center will have opportunities for local artists to display and sell their work on a commission basis. The gallery will be open to the public.

Annual Events

LaFontaine Arts Council organizes yearly fundraising events that benefit Arts in Education programming for all Huntington County Schools. These events invite the public to be champions for the arts through celebration and appreciation. Regional Fine Arts Show: Non-juried show, inclusive to artists 18 and older to exhibit artwork in a gallery setting. The open entries are evaluated by a dignified guest judge and artists are awarded by category. Fashion for the Arts: A fashion show with local models showing off fashions from area clothing stores, arts advocate presentation on arts in education importance, silent auction, and locally catered luncheon. JeFFFest: Jefferson Street festival in historic downtown featuring live music, silent auction of community donated framed canvases, and food tastings of local food vendors.

Leadership

Katy Strass
Arts Center Director/LAC Executive Director

Debbie Dyer

Former LAC Executive Director/Community Volunteer

Danielle Tips
President/CEO Pathfinder Services

Partnership

The Huntington Arts & Entrepreneurial Center is the result of Pathfinder Services and The LaFontaine Arts Council joining forces to invigorate the economic and social needs of Huntington. This opportunity comes at a perfect time for entrepreneurs looking for locations in the heart of the city. In addition to entrepreneurial opportunities, the Center will offer creative artist space for people of all abilities.

Through the Years

  • 1889

    Odd Fellows Hall erected at the corner of E Franklin and Warren St. Downtown Huntington

  • 1915

    International Order of Odd Fellows Trust Building and United Brethren Publishing Establishment erected

  • 1920-1950

    Occupied by: United Telephone, real-estate, insurance, law offices, Kelly Island Lime & Transport, Huntington Business University, Huser Cigar & Candy.  Krause Labs, Chicago Motor Club (AAA), Kitchen Maid Service Co, Indiana Bell, Champion Shoes, Dr James

  • 1957

    United Brethren takes ownership of all three building

  • 1981

    United Brethren ceases publishing operations

  • 1990-2000

    Occupied by: Christian Bookstore, residential apartments, Bowen Center for Human Services, Animal Crackers Vet, Vanity Fair Beauty, Marine Recruiting

  • 2013

    Buildings targeted for demolition

  • 2014

    City of Huntington takes posession of property. Indiana Landmarks repairs roof and provides rehabilitation study in an agreement with City of Huntington 

  • 2015

    Collaboration to develop 37 market-rate apartments and a place for arts and entrepreneurial programming begins. LaFontaine Arts Council and Pathfinder Services discuss increasing availability of arts programming for all 

  • 2016

    Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority recommends funding UB Block through Regional Cities Initiative grant

  • 2018

    Rehabilitation of United Brethren Block begins

  • 2020

    The Huntington Arts & Entrepreneurial Center opens, featuring LaFontaine Arts Council, Pathfinder Services, Huntington University, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, and AP Development loft apartments