A Pennsylvania arts center is getting a "beautiful facelift" thanks to more than $1.1 million in state and local grants.
The Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown announced Friday that more than $1.1 million in grants will be used for capital improvement projects, including a new pavilion and renovation of a building, the Tribune-Democrat reports.
"In the wake of the pandemic, we saw firsthand how our facilities were a community resource for many," says Melody Tisinger, the center's director of advancement and operations.
"To meet community need, we began our fundraising efforts to install a new pavilion and upgrade the long-standing Tulip Building."
The pavilion, which will be 30 by 40 feet, will feature interchangeable LED lighting, rock benches that were salvaged from the foundation of the former Goenner Brewery, large fans for air movement, full electrical outlets, and landscaping.
The Tulip Building renovation will include a new flat roof with an outdoor HVAC unit, window upgrades, brick and mortar repairs, new electrical system, solar panels, fire alarm upgrades, and landscaping upgrades.
"We've grown into this arts mecca where a variety of artists are here, and we want to make the space better for them and include things that would be helpful in their creation," Tisinger says.
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