Dayton Art Institute to begin $1.5 million renovations to help celebrate Centennial

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In 2019, the Dayton Art Institute will celebrate its centennial, but not before many features like their grand double staircase get restored to their original glory.

The stairs have been closed for years, but thanks to funding from the State Capitol Appropriations Bill and donations from private donors, they will soon be back open for business, and that is not all.

“We’ll have the fountains running again that haven’t run in over 50 years,” said Director and CEO of the Dayton Art Institute, Michael Roediger. “New lighting on the building, the balcony, thanks to the Chaffetz Foundation, will be totally renovated and will be open to reopen that to the public as well.”

They have named this their “Historic Hillside Preservation,” where they will also re-landscape and reinforce the retaining walls.

All of these projects equal about $1.5 million.

They will begin construction in the fall, with a ribbon cutting in the spring to help celebrate the historic feat for the organization.

“Our entrance will remain where it is in the rotunda, but this hillside is going to take on a whole new presence like it did when it opened originally in 1930,” said Roediger. “We’re celebrating 100 years of the founding of the organization, the Dayton Art Institute.”

Roediger said while they are ecstatic about the continuous beautification efforts, they are just a small piece of how they are changing to celebrate 100 years.

“We’re looking at the community’s collections and seeing if there are fits to come in,” said Roediger. “We hope to create the centennial collection.”

Roediger said they also hope to begin “Hundred Happenings” next year as well.

This will include multiple events throughout the year for residents to enjoy, much like Oktoberfest and much more.

But Roediger said this is not where it ends.

There are still numerous changes they want to see, like renovations to the old school courtyard, but those will be discussed in more detail later in the future.

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