The new Cultural Center will serve as the cultural hub in Jasper, housing both Jasper Community Arts and the Jasper Public Library. Previously, both organizations were experiencing lack of space for their current and future needs so when this opportunity came about to combine the two, it was a natural choice. The new facility will be located on the outer edge of downtown Jasper near the banks of Patoka River.
The building encompasses the essence of Jasper’s heritage, combining industry with nature. The design includes a mix of wood features, preserved moss wall art, and exposed ceilings to achieve that character. Upon entering the facility, the beautiful, two-story atrium will serve as a unique event space complete with four meeting rooms and a catering kitchen available to the public. To the right of this space is the new Jasper Public Library and to the left is the new Jasper Community Arts.
The library features a mix of small and large study rooms, a reading lounge, adult and children’s program rooms, and collection spaces. On the second level, there is a large outdoor mezzanine along with a makerspace where individuals can work on projects and share ideas and technology. The Jasper Community Arts contains 3 separate art galleries, a performing arts space and workshops for pottery and painting studios.
The community has expressed that this new building will be such a great addition for the community and will serve many generations to come. It is expected to be open January 2021.