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Muncie Civic Theater receives grant money for restoration
Published Thursday, March 4, 2010 12:00 pm
by Lauren Collins>
The Muncie Civic Theater has big plans for $100,000 in grant money it has received in the last four months.
The theater found out it received a $50,000 grant from the George and Frances Ball Foundation last November. Theater officials decided to apply for a match grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to help restore the building. It was discovered mid-February that the theater received the match grant.
The building was originally constructed in 1880 by Robert Boyce, but it wasn’t until 1904 that it was remodeled into a theater. At the time, it was one of seven vaudeville theaters in Muncie. Now, it is the only one left standing.
Marty Grubbs, executive director of Muncie Civic Theater, said he is excited to receive the two grants.
“The whole organization is excited,” Grubbs said. “Volunteers, when we announced that we got the grant from the George and Frances Ball Foundation, they were thrilled. I mean with the first 50,000 it’s a wonderful thing because this organization is filled with people that love theater. They love doing what they do. And if the building they are doing it in is going to benefit from a grant from generous people here from the foundations in town, then that’s going to be key for them and it ignites their passion more.”
After receiving the grant, Grubbs and others decided to use the $100,000 to focus on fixing the outside infrastructure of the building. They will be repairing the entire roof, painting and replacing a large window in the front of the theater house.
via NewsLink Indiana.