By: Natalie Gross
For: A-J Media
The one-year mark of the Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association’s announcement of plans to build a performing arts center in Lubbock is approaching, and the group’s chairman said he feels the whole community is behind the idea.
LEPAA will receive a $100,000 donation from the Lubbock Area Foundation today, March 13, in the foyer of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts — the latest of many gifts the organization has received for the project.
“I understand this is the largest gift that they’re planning to give this year,” Tim Collins, chairman of LEPAA’s board of directors, said of the foundation. “We are thrilled to be the recipients.”
Collins declined to comment on how much money LEPAA has raised for the project but did say it has received money from corporations, foundations and individuals alike — anywhere from $100 and up. Each gift is appreciated, he said.
“Each time solidifies the trust that the public is putting in our effort and solidifies our resolve to continue to work toward our goal of providing a new performing arts center for Lubbock,” Collins said. “Everyone is behind this effort, and I really think we’re going to be successful with this. It’s going to be a great project.”
LEPAA unveiled plans for the performing arts center April 9 last year. The goal for the project is $85 million, Collins told A-J Media in a December interview, but in 2013 the City Council promised to donate land — the property at Mac Davis Lane and Avenue L recently vacated by the local Department of Public Safety branch — if LEPAA could raise $45 million in commitments by Dec. 31, 2017.
In December, the group had raised approximately $34 million with four years to go.
Collins said the organization will release more information on the project soon.
The Lubbock Area Foundation will also award $117,661 to 17 local arts groups today. The funds are allocations from the Sybil B. Harrington Endowment for the Arts, according to a news release.
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