The Carr Gallery and The Hall Gallery are open to the public Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enter through the Colonial Theater or the Ticket Office.
In 1994, Dick Clayton, Sr. and his son Steve donated the theater and adjacent buildings, to the Idaho Falls Arts Council, a private nonprofit organization.
The Idaho Falls Arts Council launched a capital campaign, known as the Phantom project. An anonymous donor challenged the community to raise half of the total cost and the Phantom would donate the remaining. The successful $4.2 million dollar campaign renovated the Colonial Theater and the adjacent buildings into a beautiful visual and performing arts center for the region.
Renamed for the Phantom donors, Miles and Virginia Willard, who also chaired the campaign, the Willard Arts Center now contains a visual arts building with galleries, classrooms, artist studios, meeting spaces for events, and much more.