The Hoogland Center for the Arts is an 80,000 square foot building that houses three theatrical spaces, a dance studio, an art galleries, a dining room, banquet space, and numerous offices, rehearsal spaces and meeting rooms. The building is located at 420 South Sixth in Springfield, Illinois, and was formerly the home of the Masonic Temple. The southern half of the Masonic Temple was built in 1909, with the major northern addition added in 1960.
The Hoogland Center for the Arts was established to provide a creative environment for people of all ages to participate in the arts and to provide a central location with reasonable rent for area arts organizations to call home. The Center is home to several resident organizations, comprised of performing and visual arts groups, civic clubs, and private businesses. These resident groups entertain thousands of visitors every month of the year with a variety of concerts, plays, musicals, recitals, gallery showings, dinners, weddings, poetry readings, meetings, and classes.
The building is also a training ground for young artists, with educational opportunities for youth provided by several of the resident arts organizations. The Hoogland Center started its own education program in 2012, with the goal of offering theatre classes to children in grades 1 through 12, helping them develop a love and appreciation for the performing arts.
The Hoogland Center for the Arts is not funded by the city, state or federal government. Money is raised to support the building by fundraising, classes, ticket sales, productions, grants, and renting space to the resident groups, outside organizations, and community members.
The Hoogland Center for the Arts has made a major difference in Springfield, both economically and culturally, by drawing thousands of people to the heart of the city each week.
Mission Statement — The Hoogland Center for the Arts
The Hoogland Center is a home for our communities in which creative arts and education are nurtured. We are a cultural hub where performances, programs, and events provide enjoyment and enrichment for diverse audiences
The vision of the Hoogland Center for the Arts is enriching the quality of life in our communities by:
Engaging and welcoming audiences from all the segments of our communities with diverse programming.
Supporting our resident organizations to help them achieve their missions.
Providing quality entertainment and creative opportunities, which foster an appreciation for the arts.
Inspiring and educating children to make the arts an essential part of their lives.
Advocating for artists by offering opportunities which allow them to express themselves creatively and receive the appreciation their efforts deserve.
Cultivating an enthusiastic, respected, and dedicated team of individuals who serve as staff, community leaders, volunteers and trustees.
Connecting artists with our communities to encourage innovative collaborations that are mutually beneficial and add value to the shared experience.
Being a thriving organization which utilizes the full potential of our building in a manner that is fiscally sound and has endowed reserves to support its mission