StoneGate Center Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m.-noon; afternoons by appointment.

opening the door to lifelong learning

StoneGate Arts & Education Center

   In July 2014, The City of Bedford engaged the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council Inc. to manage the former Indiana Limestone Co. facility at 405 I St., Bedford, when it acquired the building from Oakland City University.

   The facility, which was listed on the National and Indiana Registers of Historic Places in 1993, was renamed StoneGate Arts & Education Center.
   The City of Bedford provides annual funding to oversee and maintain the facility. The Executive Director and Program Manager supervise and care for the building with the assistance of a maintenance and housekeeping staff.

   StoneGate Arts & Education Center, Inc., was incorporated Oct. 16, 2015, and began managing the building Jan. 1, 2016.
   StoneGate Center provides classrooms and office space to Ivy Tech Community College and Oakland City University, allowing local residents the opportunity to attend college classes in Lawrence County and obtain a college degree. StoneGate Center features 15 classrooms. Currently, approximately 50 OCU students and 100 Ivy Tech students attend classes at StoneGate.

Fostering the Community, Education, Arts, Business

   The Land of Limestone Exhibit, featuring more than 200 archival and architectural photographs, historical news accounts, official records and documents, is located on the first and third floors of the facility.
   In support of the City of Bedford’s focus on “building a better Bedford,” StoneGate Center is making incubator spaces available for business people interested in launching new small business enterprises in the Lawrence County area.

   Eight 4-H Limestone Robotics teams comprising young people ages K-12 meet in four different rooms at StoneGate Center, three of which are in the process of being remodeled. Limestone Robotics is an organization structured to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education and robotics in Lawrence and surrounding counties.
   SOAR! (Success and Opportunity At Reading) adult literacy has an office at StoneGate, and a number of volunteer tutors meet with students in StoneGate meeting rooms.
   The American Red Cross Hoosier Hills Chapter is based in offices at StoneGate Center.
   The Northwest Assembly Hall meeting room accommodates 60-80 people and is available at no charge weekdays and at a nominal charge on weekends for educational, community, workforce development and governmental uses.

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