Believe in Us
Together we have made the ARC the hub of our community. We have provided Galena with 50 years of art, sports, fitness, child care, and early education.
Together, volunteers and donors have improved the lives of children and adults in our community. It is hard to find anyone who hasn't been impacted by ARC programming as they've grown up in Galena.
The Galena ARC is focused on providing a constantly evolving, healthful, respectful environment where members of our community—of all ages, diversities, and interests—can come together, learn, and grow.
It started in 1965 with a vision to fill a void in the community. Three community leaders (Robert Buehler, Robert Roth, and Robert Murphy) came together to provide a solution and an opportunity.
The vision: to provide recreation for children who had nothing to do outside of school. The "Team Center" (as it was called upon inception) presented every boy an opportunity to participate if he came to play the game. Within the year, the opportunity was extended to girls as well. In the first year, the programs served171 boys and 150 girls. The organization was patterned after the Neighborhood Boys Club of Chicago that Mr. Buehler had founded
In 1969 the Team Center became the Galena Art & Recreation Center and relocated from Main Street to its current 413 South Bench Street location, the former St. Michael’s School built in 1886, with the aid of a forgivable interest-free loan from Mr. Buehler.
Through changing social and economic climates, the Galena ARC continues to present opportunities for Galena neighbors of all ages and whatever the need, has adapted and met the challenge with the community, for the community. It continues to be a vital organization offering a variety of programs thanks to the support and generosity of Robert Buehler, volunteer community members and donors, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
Believe in Us
We know the path we have traveled and are sure of where we've been. Together we will proceed forward and join forces to meet the ever changing needs for the future generation.