Announcing Columbus Landmarks Building Arts Studio at
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center
We are proud to announce an innovative, new program at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center: Columbus Landmarks Building Arts Studio. Fort Hayes is part of Columbus City Schools and includes an Arts & Academic High School and Career Center on the historic 1862 military campus near downtown Columbus.
Working with students enrolled in Fort Hayes’ Construction Management Program, the Building Arts Studio brings hands-on preservation education and training to the curriculum, preparing students for careers in the high-demand historic building trades. The classes take place in the c1890s gatehouse located at the main entrance of the Fort Hayes campus on Jack Gibbs Boulevard. Students will make headway on the restoration and rehabilitation of this visible, campus gateway that has been vacant for decades.
The Building Arts Studio provides on-site training and hands-on experience alongside expert craftspeople and introduce historic window repair and restoration; plaster repair; masonry repair; and more. Eighteen students participate in nine weekly classes this fall. A new group of students will participate in nine classes in the spring.
Students receive instruction from contractor Lindsay Jones of Blind Eye Restoration. Susan Keeny, Columbus Landmarks’ Preservation Director, is the Building Arts Studio coordinator.
The Building Arts Studio is made possible from a generous $50,000 program grant recently awarded to Columbus Landmarks from the Ann Sherry Foundation, which funds innovation in public education; and from annual operating support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
We are honored to embark on this unique public education opportunity not available anywhere else in U.S. Our goal is to create a knowledgeable and skilled workforce to meet local demand while improving the Fort Hayes campus for future generations.
Stay tuned for an open house and student-led campus tour, as well as corresponding hands-on workshops for adults!