LOGAN —Logan Commissioners approved sending a letter and request to the National Endowment for the Arts to show their support for the opening of the Logan Theater and Community Arts Center on Tuesday.

Commissioner Gary Waugh read from that letter during Tuesday’s commissioners meeting.

“We fully support the work that Logan Theater Incorporated is accomplishing in restoring this historic theater building to create a new community arts center,” Waugh said. “We offer our full support because it is imperative we supply the occupants of our county, especially the children, a safe place to gather, socialize, perform and create through the arts.”

Waugh continued reading the letter, which stated that the commissioners give Logan Theater Incorporated their government partnership to complete the requirements of the Our Town Federal Grant application.

The Our Town Grant was created by the Endowment for the Arts to ‘support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes,’ according to the National Endowment website.

The application is specifically for media and projector costs for the theater production. Grants from Our Town cannot exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project. Amounts applicable are $25,000 up to $200,000.

The theater renovation is expected to cost around $2.8 million. The upper two floors of the building, known as the Knights of Pythias building, are expected to be used for programming for the Hocking County Children’s Chorus and the Logan-Hocking School District, and for theater and live performance.

The basement level is planned to be used more for community programs and as a gathering place.

The National Endowment for the Arts is located in Washington D.C. Since 2015, the agency has awarded $4.4 million for 52 collective impact projects nationwide.

For more information about the Logan Theater renovation project, visit logantheater.org.

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