Local Theatre Projects to Get Grants
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Two local groups have received grants to help in their work to promote and grow their artistic communities.

The Delta Regional Authority, in partnership with national arts and government organizations, announced 16 grants on Wednesday totaling $309,000.

DRA is providing seed investments, with public and private sector partners bringing nearly $1.6 million in total investment to the eight states. 

The city of Metropolis will receive $22,000 from the DRA as part of a total investment of $60,000 for Save the Massac, an organization working to renovate the Massac Theatre into a multi-use facility while preserving its historic legacy to the community.

The city of Paducah will receive $20,000 in grants as part of a total investment of $268,943 for the Market House Theatre, which is working to renovate the old Arcade Theatre building. This historic site, whose theatre facade has been replaced, will be used as a scene shop for building sets and props for the Market House Theatre performances.

“The Delta Regional Authority is setting a national standard with its all-hands-on-deck approach to community development,” said Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America. “Through the Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative, public funding, private investment, local government, the arts and cultural sectors, business owners, entrepreneurs and other civic leaders are coming together to develop and enact their shared visions for equitable and prosperous futures across the Mississippi Delta Region and Alabama Black Belt. We are eager to learn from these projects and share their successes as part of the national conversation.”

This summer, DRA and its national partners held six technical assistance workshops across the region to help community leaders better align the arts and cultural sectors with their existing economic and community development strategies, and support revitalization of downtowns and main streets. 

In addition to the seed investment, awardees will also receive up to 50 hours of technical assistance, mentoring, and coaching to advance creative placemaking efforts in their communities. 

Other regional grants were are being given to: Green River Area Development District in Henderson, Kentucky: Federated Tuesday Club in Equality, Illinois; Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center in Martin, Tennessee; The Arts Council in Carruthersville, Missouri. 

To see the full list of 16 grant recipients, click the link below.

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Full Story from DRA website

Published 11:19 AM, Thursday Oct. 12, 2017
Updated 12:15 AM, Monday Oct. 16, 2017

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