October 19, 2010
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts have awarded $741,081 in grant funds to 15 recipients through the Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources program.
The organizations to receive the grants include:
Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, $15,000 for the renovation of restroom facilities and installation of energy efficient lighting in the art galleries.
City of Clarksburg, Clarksburg, Harrison County, $59,109 for seating, sound and lighting for the Amphitheater in Memorial Park.
Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences Charleston, Charleston, Kanawha County, $56,064 for the purchase of sound equipment.
Fayette County Historical Society, Hico, Fayette County, $50,000 for the purchase of the historic Fayette Theatre.
Greenbrier Repertory Theatre, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, $22,725 for the installation of a fire alarm system and to upgrade the marquee.
Keith Albee Theatre, Huntington, Cabell County, $102,984 for restoration to the historic theatre including a portion of the roof and drainage system.
A New Clendenin, Inc., Clendenin, Kanawha County, $70,044 for stabilization of the historic Roxy Theatre.
Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, Wood County, $19,500 for the upgrading of lighting fixtures and wiring to reduce operating costs and make it more environmentally friendly.
Pricketts Fort, Fairmont, Marion County, $67,850 for upgrades to the existing amphitheatre including seating, lighting and handrails to increase safety and accessibility.
Randolph Community Arts Center, Elkins, Randolph County, $17,500 for renovation of newly acquired property to create an ADA accessible pottery studio.
School of Harmony, Glen Morgan, Raleigh County, $31,026 for purchase of HVACs for the former Shady Spring High School built in 1926.
Strand Theatre Preservation Society, Moundsville, Marshall County, $92,241 for renovation of the 1920 theatre.
West Virginia Humanities Council, Charleston, Kanawha County, $29,138 for restoration of the historic landscaping and upgrading of public access to the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House.
West Virginia Museum of American Glass, Weston, Lewis County, $22,900 for renovation of archival space of the museum’s collection.
Wheeling-Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wheeling, Ohio County, $85,000 for renovation of the second floor ballroom including creating an accessible route and accessible restrooms.
Fiscal year 2011 marks the eleventh year of competitive funding for construction, acquisition, renovation, stabilization, accessibility and capital purchase funds for facilities that have an arts or history focus. Funding for the program comes from video lottery proceeds, currently set at $750,000. The grant period runs from Oct. 1, 2010 - Sept. 30, 2011.
The Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources grant program provides funding opportunities to arts organizations as first priority and history museums as second priority to help acquire, construct or renovate cultural facilities throughout West Virginia. The program is rare since only a few states provide competitive funding opportunities for facilities. Although the program is focused on bricks and mortar, the main thrust is service to the community and state. Grant priorities include creating public access to the arts and history, service to multi-county regions, economic development, health and safety improvements, creating improved access to the arts for individuals with disabilities and to reduce the organization’s operating costs.
Eligible organizations must be non-for-profit, tax-exempt West Virginia organizations or an agency of municipal or county government including county school boards. Letters of intent are due April 1, 2011 and the application deadline is July 1, 2011.
For more information about the Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources grants, contact Rose McDonough, program coordinator for the Division, or Jeff Pierson, director of arts, at (304) 558-0240.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.