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NEA Grant Adds $75,000 to Market House Campaign
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - The National Endowment for the Arts notified the City of Paducah that it will be receiving an Our Town grant in the amount of $75,000 to benefit the Market House Theatre. 

The city applied for the grant last August, and it will help fund Market House's Next Stage campaign, a multi-million dollar project announced earlier this month to expand arts education and performances. 

Paducah’s award is one of 89 grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 across the nation, totaling nearly seven million dollars.

Mayor Brandi Harless said she's thrilled the city is getting the grant. 

"The City of Paducah prides itself on its commitment to historic preservation and to developing Paducah into a premiere arts and entertainment destination. Furthermore, the city and Market House Theatre have a common goal and commitment in advancing arts education and civic engagement to create positive opportunities for participation in the arts," she said.
 
The Next Stage campaign seeks to renovate ten buildings in downtown Paducah with about 44,000 square feet to expand classroom, rehearsal and performance space for arts programming.

Market House Theatre Executive Director Michael Cochran said, “The grant will go a long way in improving the Theatre’s existing assets. Market House Theatre has served this community for more than 50 years. When complete, this project will be paid in full and will include sustainable sources of revenue that will allow the Theatre to continue to operate in the black for many years to come.”
 
For more information on the Next Stage Campaign, click the link below for a previous story.

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Published 10:47 PM, Saturday Jun. 17, 2017
Updated 05:34 AM, Monday Jun. 19, 2017

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