Decatur, the "Soybean Capital of the World," is trying to plant a different image of itself in people's minds.
Preston Jackson was prepared for the worst when he returned to hometown Decatur in 2004 for an art show featuring his work. But the city's
multimillion-dollar conversion of a downtown building into an arts center wowed the renowned sculptor and impressed him with
the quality of the city's art venues.
It's an impression
Decatur officials hope will repeat itself again and again as this struggling industrial town recasts its image as an artist-friendly
The completion of the 14,000-square-foot Madden Arts Center in 2004 is the cornerstone of that new image. Complete with galleries,
classrooms and studios, the center also serves as the headquarters of the
Decatur Area Arts Council. All images courtesy of Decatur Area Arts Council.
125 N. Water St., Decatur, IL 62523
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