Classical Arts Centre

In order to support IBT’s growth and its tradition of dance education, we are creating a community arts center to house IBT and many other arts organizations, to support and encourage all the arts, in the newly renovated Classical Arts Centre (CAC). Located at the gateway to Crown Point, Indiana, Gloria Tuohy, founder of IBT, our board and staff have worked to bring together a group of business and art professionals who are actively mounting a capital campaign this year.
We are renovating a 20,000 square foot neglected historic landmark: the former three-story Sanatorium Nurses Home in Crown Point, to create this community arts center and surrounding grounds and gardens.


Classical Arts Centre Vision

The campus plan for Classical Arts Centre is inspired by the Centre’s mission of becoming a cultural and community gathering place for performing arts and culture in Northwest Indiana. Its shared working and creative space would include a black box theatre, studio spaces, leased space to artists and arts organizations, retail space for a small café, and dance attire, public gardens and sculptures, and much more. With your support, IBT, artists and art organizations will have the opportunity to impact students and our community. We will all witness the benefits for years to come; through the development of our children, the enrichment of our citizens, and the restoration of a grand historic building.

It would be our privilege to have your or your participation by joining our efforts and mission.

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Feb. 15, 2017 – IBT receives deed to the Nurses home. For more details click here.



NWI Times Feature from May 2016

The concept of the saving the old dormitory for nurses treating patients at a neighboring tuberculosis hospital was pitched to contractors and tradespeople at a luncheon meeting last year in Crown Point. Read More


Each October, IBT sponsors a fun filled Gala to support the Classical Arts Centre that includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and entertainment. Click here for more information on the 2017 Gala.

IBT thanks the Crown Point Community Foundation for their generous donation to the Classical Arts Centre. IBT would like to invite more community leaders to help with the renovation. Pictured are Gloria Tuohy, Pat Huber, Dave Batusic and Jeff Bryner.