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Fine Arts Center seeks funds for new art center

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley is in the process of applying for a grant that could provide almost half the amount of funds needed to turn the Rutherford Building into a new art center.
Debbie Brown, director of the center’s Capitol Campaign, said the Appalachian Regional Commission grant could provide up to $500,000 for the project if the Center has enough funds from other sources to provide an equivalent match.
Center Director Judy Ison said $300,000 has been raised to date, with some of the donations being in-kind services.
The estimated cost to complete a re-make of the former Rutherford Pontiac building at the corner of Fifth Street and Washington Avenue is $1.1 million.
Monday night, Ison presented Pulaski County Board of Supervisors with a rundown on the center’s plans and an update on its present status.
Ison said the Fine Arts Center is a good marketing tool for the Town of Pulaski and Pulaski County. She noted that a North Carolina couple recently sent money to the center to purchase some items they saw in the center’s window during a recent visit.
Ison pointed out that the couple saw signs on Interstate 81 advertising the center and decided to check it out. It was a weekend and the center was closed at the time, but they mailed money for the items and the items were shipped to them.
According to Ison, the couple commented on how much they enjoyed the “beautiful” town during their visit. They indicated a desire to come back at a time when the arts center is open.
Ison acknowledged that turning the Rutherford building into a new arts center “is an ambitious project for us.” However, she said moving to the donated building will triple the center’s space.
Brown said the center’s board of directors has been pleased with the response the fundraising campaign has received. She pointed out donations have included a number of grants, including a recent grant of $25,000 from American Electric Power. The fine arts center is the first New River Valley organization to receive the AEP grant, she added.
Beside current county residents, Brown said donations also are coming in from former residents.
New initiatives such as the Wilderness Road Trail and Round the Mountain Artisan Trail will help to bring traffic into the center, Brown added.
Neither Ison nor Brown asked the board for funding Monday night. However, a memo to board members from County Administrator Peter Huber states that the center is requesting a $25,000 commitment from the county and town to help meet the match required for the Appalachian Regional Commission grant.
Brown indicated the center also will be approaching other New River Valley entities for contributions since the center serves the entire New River Valley.

Fine Arts Center seeks funds for new art center

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley is in the process of applying for a grant that could provide almost half the amount of funds needed to turn the Rutherford Building into a new art center.
Debbie Brown, director of the center’s Capitol Campaign, said the Appalachian Regional Commission grant could provide up to $500,000 for the project if the Center has enough funds from other sources to provide an equivalent match.
Center Director Judy Ison said $300,000 has been raised to date, with some of the donations being in-kind services.
The estimated cost to complete a re-make of the former Rutherford Pontiac building at the corner of Fifth Street and Washington Avenue is $1.1 million.
Monday night, Ison presented Pulaski County Board of Supervisors with a rundown on the center’s plans and an update on its present status.
Ison said the Fine Arts Center is a good marketing tool for the Town of Pulaski and Pulaski County. She noted that a North Carolina couple recently sent money to the center to purchase some items they saw in the center’s window during a recent visit.
Ison pointed out that the couple saw signs on Interstate 81 advertising the center and decided to check it out. It was a weekend and the center was closed at the time, but they mailed money for the items and the items were shipped to them.
According to Ison, the couple commented on how much they enjoyed the “beautiful” town during their visit. They indicated a desire to come back at a time when the arts center is open.
Ison acknowledged that turning the Rutherford building into a new arts center “is an ambitious project for us.” However, she said moving to the donated building will triple the center’s space.
Brown said the center’s board of directors has been pleased with the response the fundraising campaign has received. She pointed out donations have included a number of grants, including a recent grant of $25,000 from American Electric Power. The fine arts center is the first New River Valley organization to receive the AEP grant, she added.
Beside current county residents, Brown said donations also are coming in from former residents.
New initiatives such as the Wilderness Road Trail and Round the Mountain Artisan Trail will help to bring traffic into the center, Brown added.
Neither Ison nor Brown asked the board for funding Monday night. However, a memo to board members from County Administrator Peter Huber states that the center is requesting a $25,000 commitment from the county and town to help meet the match required for the Appalachian Regional Commission grant.
Brown indicated the center also will be approaching other New River Valley entities for contributions since the center serves the entire New River Valley.