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The idea of establishing an art center in downtown Sterling began in 2007 with six people brainstorming around a kitchen table.  The original plan for an art center was later expanded to include a community center.

The group's first fundraiser was a Sloppy Joe Supper, which netted $300.  Over the next year, the Studio 96 Board raised enough to purchase the old Ben Franklin building at public auction for $22,000.

In 2008, Studio 96 won a Small Community Improvement Program Grant worth $125,000 and, in 2009, won a Kan-Step Grant worth $300,000.  Clelia McCrory has served as grant administrator for Studio 96.
All the renovations were accomplished with volunteer labor.  Workers logged over $400,000 worth of labor with the Kansas Department of Commerce. fundraising, membership drives, donations and memorials provided funds for the $900,000 renovated building.

Facility Rental

Available for classes, meetings, reunions, wedding receptions, birthday parties, showers, etc. 

Call 620.278.6309

3 hrs - $75

Community Center side for

1 day = $200

Both sides for
1 day = $500

Chairs, tables, kitchen, AV equipment

Handicap accessible



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