(GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent)
MOVING FORWARD: Construction for storage addition ongoing at Center for the Arts…
The Washington State Arts Commission announced last month that Chewelah Performing and Cultural Arts (PACA) has been approved for a CARES Acts Relief Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in the amount of $3,000.
This rapid-response funding is earmarked for arts groups and organizations that are facing financial hardship due to the economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is specifically to be used toward operating expenses.
“This grant will be used to stretch the money that we have saved for building operations because we no longer have an income from the production of plays and other entertainment in our building,” explained Sharon Ludwig, president of the board of directors. “Debby McConnell, our treasurer, has been very careful to set aside funds for emergencies like this, so we are in a relatively safe financial state. She is the one who did all the paperwork for the grant. With the addition of this grant, our operation budget can now extend throughout this year.
“We are grateful for those who have continued to regularly donate towards the maintenance, operation and upgrade of our Chewelah Center for the Arts. Their generous donations have provided between one-third and one-half of our operating expenses, so, with the approval of this grant, we will be able to continue to pay our mortgage, utilities and insurance obligations.”
The StageTime rendition of the play “Newsies” was in final rehearsals and was scheduled for its first performance on April 3 when Governor Jay Inslee canceled all theatrical productions throughout the state. Park Avenue Players had completed casting its spring play of “Dixie Swim Club” and was beginning rehearsals, and Nothing To Lose Productions had to cancel its “Singer Series” concerts that were scheduled for this spring. StageTime Theatre School‘s summer session was also cancelled. So, all of the income from those performances was lost.