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|FIRST ON WGIL: Carl Sandburg College to Consider Orpheum Funding Request
|POSTED 10:26pm 8/20/09 Leaders at Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre have been going from public entity to public entity soliciting funds in support of an application being made for federal economic stimulus dollars. The first of those has now officially said they'll consider it.
Carl Sandburg President Tom Schmidt confirms he will ask the CSC Board of Trustees next Thursday night to consider contributing $50,000 to the theatre as part of the local match needed to make the Orpheum eligible for the "Save America's Treasures Grant."
Schmidt tells WGIL however, the $50,000 he's asking the CSC board to commit could also mean some increased use for the theatre. "Sandburg wants to explore the opportunities for students of Sandburg to do their Performing Arts degree, and to potentially perform here...our Performing Arts as well as our Music programs," Schmidt said. "We (also) want to explore such things as use of this facility for other events."
Schmidt says that could include things like departmental graduations and other ceremonies as well.
A number of local entities have been solicited matching funds for the grant. The Galesburg City Council, for example, has yet to act on a $100,000 request despite a work session over three weeks ago on the matter.
Schmidt made the remarks following Thursday night's first-ever Orpheum annual meeting -- one of the primary reasons for which was to urge more public contributions to the theatre, especially for the "Save America's Treasures" grant.
CLICK HERE to download a presentation made by Orpheum Theatre president Kate Francis (mp3 format, approximately 46 minutes long).
CLICK HERE to download the Power Point presentation Francis made as part of the presentation (pdf format).
|08 21 09 by Newsroom
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