LEPAA Continues Local Work As U.S. Study Shows Arts, Culture Add Billions to America’s GDP

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CONTACT: Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association, (806) 747-3200

(LUBBOCK – Jan. 22, 2014) – A study last month by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts showed more than $500 billion – or 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services – outpaced the nation’s travel and tourism industry. Travel and tourism topped out at 2.8 percent of the nation’s GDP.

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Fundraising for Performing Arts Center Continues as DPS Moves Out

After less than a year of fundraising, the local organization aiming to build a new performing arts center in downtown Lubbock is only about $11 million shy of the amount needed to move forward on the project.

“We will be continuing to work towards our $45 million goal. We have yet to reach that, but we are close,” said Tim Collins, president of the Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association. “In the meantime, I think the reality is that (the Department of Public Safety) is actually opening their driver’s license office at the new location.”

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LEPAA to Make Second Request for City Land for New Performing Arts Center

“We have identified a location where we want to be able to build a performance hall, and I think that dovetails perfectly with the city’s plan for downtown redevelopment.”

Tim Collins, president of the Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association, said the non-profit has chosen the soon-to-be vacant Department of Public Safety headquarters as the site for a new performing arts center in Lubbock.

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Organizers Seek Council Commitment on City Land for Performing Arts Center

The nonprofit organization aiming to bring an $85 million performing arts center to Lubbock wants a commitment from city leaders promising downtown land for the project in writing.

Lubbock City Council members said they’re open to the Lubbock Entertainment & Performing Arts Association’s request for the city to give five acres of downtown property at Avenue L and Marsha Sharp Freeway — if organizers set the stage first.

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Chad’s Morning Brief: New Performing Arts Center for Lubbock?

An $85 million dollar performing arts center could be heading to Lubbock. Yesterday the Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association (created by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce) announced plans for the project. The new center would be located at Ave. L and the Marsha Sharp Freeway.

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Performing Arts Association Reveals Plans for $85 Million Venue

The stage lights are about to get a little brighter here in Lubbock. After two years of research, the Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association has conceived a plan for a 2,000 seat, state-of-the-art performing arts center in Lubbock. Tim Collins, Arts Association president, says this project is long overdue.

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