The 10-year-old Jacoby Arts Center in Alton could close by June if it cannot meet its current financial obligations. The center is in debt, it’s board of directors has resigned and the executive director hired last May is now a volunteer who is part of a small group that hopes to save the struggling arts organization.
Located inside the former home of Jacoby Furniture on Broadway, the Madison County Arts Council was gifted the building and the board took out a mortgage to add heating and cooling and update the building for use. Former director Ron Abraham met with supporters of the center last night to make the dire situation public:
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Abraham says they are offering events on a week-by-week basis for now, but some classes have been cancelled. The center is open on Friday and Saturday to cut down on the excessive heating costs from a very harsh winter, and he says they are in the process of recruiting a new board to put them back on solid financial footing. He says right now, the goal is to retire the debt and they are asking for a donation from 100 people of $845 each before June to keep the doors open into the summer. For more information, call Jacoby Arts Center at 462-5222.