The Fishers Arts Council has nixed plans to raise $500,000 to find a permanent home and instead will seek to borrow space for a gallery and office.
The all-volunteer organization that promotes art in the city had announced the launch of a fund-raising effort nearly two years ago. But Arts Council President Tom Rich said the more it examined real estate prices and the space necessary, it became an unrealistic goal.
“We hoped that we could buy a property that would give us enough space for a gallery and then considered renting but that would give us office but not gallery space,” Rich said. “So it never really got off the ground.”
The organization has 30 volunteers and eight board members, and has used Fishers City Hall as its primary location for displaying art.
It had announced its fundraising drive after the city’s Nickel Plate District downtown was designated a statewide…