The Art’s Cafe project has taken some significant behind-the-scenes steps forward in the last month and the Arts Center will host a community information session on March 17 at 10 a.m.

When Springville Center for the Arts acquired 5 East Main Street, Springville, the roof was collapsed into the basement. Envisioned as an art-focused multi-use redevelopment, the project includes two second-floor residences for visiting artists, a basement level workshop with pottery capacity, a publicly accessible green roof and Art’s Cafe on the first floor. The cafe will have an in-house bakery and will serve coffee and tea drinks, soups and sandwiches. A small performance space will expand the Center’s concert and theater programs. Through public investment, the Center was able to save and restore the existing facade, secure the neighboring buildings and rebuild the structure.

A program was set up to involve many smaller, local investors, inspired by the crowdfunding movement and alternative business structures such as co-ops that return money to the community,

“This project has always had community ownership. It gets called social entrepreneurship, or mission-based investing, where someone is more focussed on a large community benefit but there is the potential for a small financial return. This is for people who care about Main Street more than Wall Street,” says Seth Wochensky, Arts Center Director and Cafe Project Manager. “We’ll present information about the financing, plans for accessing historic tax credits and membership in the project but it’s also an entertaining presentation for anyone who cares about Main Street or is just curious about the project.”

Those interested in attending must RSVP at or by calling (716) 592-9038. Coffee and sample baked goods will be served.