Sunday, September 26th, 2021

HAEC public fundraising campaign begins

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020

The Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurial Center (HAEC), a project of Pathfinder Services and the LaFontaine Arts Council, has moved from private fundraising to the public fundraising campaign portion of the project.

The Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurial Center is a multi-purpose community arts and business start-up center located in the historic UB Block buildings in downtown Huntington. The center will serve people of all ages and abilities as they pursue their interests in different types of art, culinary skills, business and entrepreneurial aspirations.

“We are so grateful to the grants we have received and the more than 80 individuals and businesses who have already pledged their support of this transformative project for downtown Huntington and northeast Indiana,” says Katy Strass, Director of the HAEC. “We are a little more than halfway to making this project a reality, and now we need help from the public to get to that finish line. We are hoping to be able to open in early 2021.”

The total fundraising goal of the project is 1.75 million dollars to fulfill the long-term strategic plan of providing more opportunities for arts education for adults throughout northeast Indiana and provide inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities to develop their unique artistic talents and earn money to enhance their lives.

Huntington University is also a part of the project, sub-leasing space for its Entrepreneur Support Services, allowing space for start-up businesses to have space to work toward opening their own brick and mortar space.

“This is a wonderful collaborative project to address the economic and social needs of Huntington County by providing amenities that attract people to live in Huntington, retain the current population, improve the downtown district through historic revitalization, and create opportunities for people of all abilities,” says Brooks Fetters, former Mayor of Huntington and current Chief Marketing and Development Officer at Pathfinder Services.

If you are interested in taking a tour of the HAEC or getting more information about the project, please contact Katy Strass at or Brooks Fetters at