Bing Arts Center to celebrate fifth anniversary June 13

Date: 5/29/2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Bing Arts Center will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a party June 13, 8 p.m.

An all-volunteer effort dedicated to strengthening the community through increasing arts accessibility, the Bing Arts Center has become a focus for diverse and compelling alternative cultural programming.

Since Mayor Domenic Sarno and former Rep. Cheryl Rivera cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony on June 5, 2010, the Bing has presented more than 300 programs. These have included 146 musical  performances, 61 spoken word and theatrical performances, 36 film screenings, 23 art exhibitions, 18 special events, 16 workshops and classes, and numerous community meetings.

The celebration will feature appetizers from Wild Olive Catering, splendid summer wines from Eddie’s Liquors, delectable desserts from Sugar DL’s and Belle Rita Novak.

There will be chances to win great prizes, including original artwork and gift certificates for dining and entertainment. Eric Bascom’s quintet Blue will provide live music. This will also be a great opportunity to enjoy the exhibitions of artwork on display in Darlene Duncan’s Playful Things and Sally Curcio’s Competitive Landscapes.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Festive attire is suggested. Sponsored through the generosity of Dan and Kathy Stezko of Flowers, Flowers! and Julia Courtney. All proceeds benefit the Bing Arts Center.

Tickets are $20 and are available at http://bingartscenter.org/support/shop/ or by calling 731-9730.

The Bing Arts Center, located at 716 Sumner Avenue in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood, is a multi-use hub for community cultural activity.

Originally Kossaboom’s Service Station, the Bing Theater opened in 1950 and served several generations of area residents until 1999 when it was taken by the city of Springfield for non-payment of taxes.

The “X” Main Street Corporation (XMSC), a 501 c 3 non-profit, purchased the property from the city in 2004 for renovation and development as a community arts center to create a catalyst for economic development and improved quality of life.