Arts Center receives grant for restoration project

Published 01.10.2023

Corporate Relations
Faculty & Staff

The Community Arts Center has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The funds will go toward an architectural decorative arts restoration project planned at the downtown cultural facility.

“The ongoing support from FCFP continues to help reduce the maintenance burden of the Community Arts Center and allows us to minimize the wear and tear on the building that occurs naturally during the course of providing an arts and culture hub for the community,” said Jim Dougherty, executive director of the CAC. “This generous award allows us to begin repair of the irreplaceable architectural elements throughout the building that lend the CAC its unique charm – we’re very thankful for that support.”

Gathering in the outer lobby of the Community Arts Center to recognize receipt of a $50,000 grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania are (from left): Erin Ruhl, director of community engagement, FCFP; Jim Dougherty, CAC executive director; Ana Gonzalez-White, college relations officer in charge of development for the CAC; and Jon Nichols, chief financial officer, FCFP. (Photo provided by FCFP)The initial phase of the project will include general restoration and touch-ups throughout the theater to repair ceiling areas that have suffered depreciation and weathering over time.

“As the largest cultural institution in the county, we recognize the importance of having this theater for our residents,” said Ana Gonzalez-White, college relations officer in charge of development. “This grant will help us ensure the Community Arts Center is here for years to come. We are very grateful.”

A vital part of Williamsport’s downtown and the regional arts and cultural scene, the CAC’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the community by providing exceptional arts and entertainment events and participatory activities; offer programming that is appropriate and accessible to the diverse interests and needs of a regional audience; and provide courteous service and maintain a warm and welcoming environment to guests.

For more information about giving opportunities at the CAC, contact Gonzalez-White at 570-327-7657 or by email.

FCFP works to improve the quality of life in northcentral Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets. FCFP strives to create powerful communities through passionate giving.

The Community Arts Center is owned and operated by Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education.