$150,000 Matching Grant Announced

Louisa Arts Center to raise $150,000 by June 30
By Pat Wilson
The Central Virginian November 30, 2006

The Board of Directors of the Louisa Downtown Development Corporation, the governing body overseeing the construction and later the operation of the Louisa Arts Center, is pleased to announce the receipt of $150,000 matching grant from the Perry Foundation, Charlottesville, VA. The grant will be available when an additional $150,000 is raised from the community as a 1:1 match.

The emerging Louisa Arts Center is located, along with the Louisa Town Hall, in the historic Louisa High School and Louisa Grade School on the corner of Fredericksburg Avenue and School Street in Louisa.

Board of Directors President, Pamela Stone said, “We are energized and challenged by this opportunity. We have developed a feasible and realistic plan, included in the grant narrative, to raise these matching funds. We are determined and ready to contact members of the community who have not yet given to the project as well as those who are willing to give more.”

Over $1.4 million has been raised or pledged so far to complete the restoration of the school auditorium and its re-use as a theater for the performing arts. In addition, a new wing will house an art gallery where local and visiting artists can sell and display their work. Included in the new wing will be a catering kitchen and restrooms. Art classrooms will be upstairs in the former school classrooms.

Francis Fife, President of the Perry Foundation, a Charlottesville based charitable organization, said, “We are impressed with the Arts Center organization and the people we have met. We are pleased to make this contribution and wish the center good fortune in developing this worthwhile project.”