We’ve run out of space but not out of inspiration which is why we’ve embarked on a Capital Campaign to relocate our thriving organization to the Masonic Temple. In September 2017, the City of Jackson and Jackson School of the Art became partners. Our shared goal is to breathe life into this iconic building and with it create a compelling downtown destination that will benefit our community for generations to come.
Grounded in our mission, the relocation to the Masonic Temple Building on West Cortland St. gives Jackson School of the Arts the capacity to build upon its role as a leader in providing arts education and to provide more opportunities for the community to engage in and interact with the arts and culture.
The iconic Masonic Temple building was designed by renowned architect, Claire Allen, who is best known for his American neoclassical architecture and colonial revival buildings in the Midwest.
This impressive piece of architecture is at the heart of Downtown Jackson and has caught the eye of many Jacksonians as they walk by. Companies such as Consumers Energy and Jackson Coffee Company, along with other new restaurants and apartment buildings have brought more vibrancy to Downtown Jackson.
The relocation of the Jackson School of the Arts to a newly renovated Masonic Temple will further drive local community engagement and development throughout the downtown.
Your gift in any amount will make a huge impact not only on children and their families, but it also supports the revitalization of Jackson and preserves a building that is a real cultural asset to our community.
We have had the support of so many members of the community and now we are within reach of our goal. We are closing in on an opportunity for a $723,000 grant. This grant if awarded allows us to cross the finish line! We are so excited about starting major renovations to turn the historic Masonic Temple building into a beautifully modernized Arts Center in Downtown Jackson. One of the conditions for this grant is that we need to raise $600,000. This is not a matching grant. Instead the goal of $600,000 plus the potential grant fully funds the project and allows to complete 4 floors, (lower level through the 3rd floor) install an elevator and create an exterior entry from the ground floor.
We realize you might still have questions about our goals and how you can help make a difference (through personal donations of any size or corporate sponsorships), we invite you to call our office and talk to our Executive Director, Kim Curtis. You may reach her office by calling (517) 784-2389. Thanks for your consideration!
This impressive piece of architecture is at the heart of Downtown Jackson and has caught the eye of many Jacksonians as they walk by the neighborhood. This iconic building was designed by renowned architect, Claire Allen and once served as Jackson’s Masonic Temple. While there is lots of iconic beauty to be found in this building, there is a great deal of restoration that is needed to bring it to its glorious potential. However, we hope to give it new life while it brings us the space we need and full accessibility to our patrons.
Ronald and Marvel Jones
The John George Jr. Student Loan Fund
Consumers Energy Foundation
The Hurst Foundation
Phil and Kim Curtis Foundation
Bill and Vi Sigmund Foundation
Classic Turning/Great Lakes Metal Finishing
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
American 1 Credit Union
Dawn Foods Foundation
CP Federal Credit Union
Phil and Pat Willis
Alvin Glick Foundation – ALRO Foundation
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Steve R. Hoekman & Nancy J. Bauer Charitable Fund
Dwight and Lucila Aldrich Charitable Foundation
Willis & Jurasek, CPAs and Consultants
Henry Ford Allegiance Health
John & Lisa Butterfield
Bond & Company, PLC
Larry and Val Bullen
Julie and Andy Walz
Robbie Curtis Charitable Foundation
Speckhard Knight Charitable Foundation
Jim and Joyce Grace
Allen Spiess, Jr.
American Title Company of Jackson
County National Bank
Dillon & Associates
Gaynel Fausell Charitable Trust
Mabel Harris Charitable Trust
Philip C. Curtis Charitable Trust
100 (+) Women Who Care
Travis and Georgia Fojtasek
The Craft Insurance Agency
Philip J. Curtis
Robert & Rose Glick Charitable Foundation
Jim & Joyce Grace
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Holmes
Kiwanis Club of Jackson
Bob & Laurie Lazbnik
Dr. John and Fran Parker