Once patrons, now landlords — churches rehab buildings for artist spaces

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Artist Kyle Ragsdale stands in his studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis. Photo by Pam Allee, courtesy of Harrison Center for the Arts

Artist Kyle Ragsdale stands in his studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis. Photo by Pam Allee, courtesy of Harrison Center for the Arts

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(RNS) Churches that own old buildings are embracing the arts as a way of enlivening hallowed spaces, breaking down barriers with neighbors and paying the heating bills.