Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The National Endowment of the Humanities provided the grant to help construct the new Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
Construction of the new facility is planned in 2019. It is designed by NorthWind Architects and Hacker of Portland, Oregon. The facility includes a 300 seat theater, a gallery, 100 seat studio space, an art shop, seminar room, cafe, and office space for local arts organizations.
The facility has been in the works for over 40 years.
Capital Campaign Committee co-chair Annie Calkins authored the grant application for the NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant. She said she was delighted to hear the news, "Juneau is the only state capital in the country without a dedicated arts and culture center. Alaska, and Juneau itself, where are are inspired by nature and driven to create rightly deserve a gathering place such as the new JACC in the center of our community."
District Representative for the Juneau Chapter of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 threw his support behind the project," This is great news and it comes at a great time for the new JACC project. The building trades are strongly behind this effort for the much needed construction jobs it will provide at a key time for Juneau. The new JACC will also help make Alaska's Capital City better for all Alaskans, and for millions of visitors."
Co-Chair of the Partnership Board of Directors, Bruce Botelho, said it was a great step for the project, "The National Endowment's grant is a true Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval on the soundness of this project. It is wonderful to receive this tangible recognition.
Fund raising has gone well for the project recently. Almost $1 million has been raised in the past several weeks. The Carr Foundation of Anchorage recently approved a grant of $150,000 for the project. Groundbreakers recently provided a $10,000 contribution.
Audio from Ben Brown of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council