Archive for Thursday, March 3, 2005

Lumberyard Arts Center gets grant

March 3, 2005

With a $10,000 grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation, the Lumberyard Arts Center Project has taken another step toward reality.

Sandy Cardens, president of the LACP board of directors, was notified late Tuesday that the grant had been awarded with the stated purpose of obtaining the architectural plans and documents needed for putting the project out for construction bids.

"The board and committee members of the LACP are extremely excited and grateful for this award," said Cardens. "We owe deep gratitude to the Douglas County Community Foundation, as well as the LACP Funding Committee for their work in obtaining the grant, with special thanks to Tracy Harrison who wrote the proposal for us.

"Tracy has also been selected as the newest member of the board of directors of the project," she said.

The project is designed to refurbish the old lumberyard downtown into a facility that can be used to enhance the fine arts in Baldwin City and includes a theater, among many features.

There has been other help devoted to the project beside the board of directors and various committees. Recently, an advisory board was also added to the line up.

Members of the LACP advisory council are: are Mildred Allen, Walt Bailey, Inge Balch, John and Susan Buehler, Don Coldsmith, Ann Evans, Dave Hill, Bob Johnson, Kevin Mahogany, Jack and Rosemary Murphy, Tom Russell, Robert Sudlow, Ralph and Judith Tanner and Mary Swan.

"Our advisory board is composed of a number of people with ties to Baldwin City and Douglas County," said Cardens. "They will help the board of directors on the project with advice in their fields of expertise and experience, and will be willing to use their influence and contacts to help us reach the goal of opening the Lumberyard Arts Center.

"We will look to them for advice on fundraising, administration and management and other challenges we will face during this process," she said.

The funding committee is also now working on a proposal for the Hall Family Foundation in Kansas City after securing the Douglas County Community Foundation grant.

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