January 20, 2013

Securing a community's future


The Strand is the perfect vehicle to discuss our community’s future and the importance of the arts in attracting and keeping our young people. To date, it has raised more than $3 million for the historic renovation. Most of the funds are now in place to secure its completion. That is wonderful news.

There is a catch, though. Some of the money pledged to complete the Strand is contingent on matching funds. In fact, the Strand has raised enough not only to complete the building restoration to a grand style of metal leaf and ornate walls and fixtures, but also to start outfitting the theater with equipment required to put on Broadway-quality plays and Carnegie-quality concerts.

The Strand only gets the last $500,000 of these funds if it can raise another matching $500,000 from the public. The public has given generously, with almost $2 million in personal and corporate pledges. Our government sponsors and grants have well exceeded any reasonable expectations of their commitment, and now public giving is 80 percent of the way there. With your help, we can reach that threshold.

Celebrate Vision2Action in your community this Thursday. You will be glad you did.

Colin Read contributes to, has published eight books with MacMillan Palgrave Press, and chairs the Department of Finance and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh. Follow him on Twitter @ColinRead2040




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