Art for Always challenge at LeMoyne getting community response
Recently, LeMoyne Arts announced the creation of a new $250,000 challenge grant in support of its Art for Always capital campaign.
Kelly and Laurie Dozier, owners of Mad Dog Construction, committed to match, dollar for dollar, every donation to Art for Always up to a maximum of $250,000. Community response to this challenge has been swift and substantial.
In discussing their Challenge Grant gift, Kelly Dozier noted, “The generous community response has been very energizing. LeMoyne is moving forward at warp speed to implement new programs and classes. We have great plans to increase our services to Tallahassee and the arts. So, even with the donations we’ve already received, there is still more match funding left for others to activate and participate in our Renaissance.”
Pamala Doffek, LeMoyne Board member, made the inaugural Art for Always capital campaign gift, followed by a major gift from Persis and Charlie Rockwood.
Then, earlier this year, LeMoyne was awarded a $1 million Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant from Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) towards the purchase of the adjoining property south of the historic Meginnis-Munroe House where LeMoyne’s galleries and administrative offices are located.
The new site includes a two-story 6,264 square foot office building, 20 parking spaces, and a small garden area. When combined, the Challenge Grant gifts and the CRA Grant will enable LeMoyne to create modern, accessible classrooms and studios to implement its ambitious program for arts education and investment in our area’s at-risk youth.
By donating to Art for Always, community arts patrons such as Ray and Kathy Bye, Marjorie Turnbull, Betty Serow, Dave Bright, Julian Dozier, and Marylyn Crank, as well as LeMoyne Board Members, Paula Fortunas, Dianne Perkins, Dan Taylor, Mary Jo Spector, Susan Fiorito, Stephanie Whitfield, and Paul Craft have taken advantage of this match challenge to support the revitalization of LeMoyne and ensure its substantial positive effects on our region’s cultural climate.
The Art for Always capital campaign will provide the necessary funding to complete not only the acquisition and renovation of the new home for LeMoyne’s education classes, but also the restoration and expansion of LeMoyne’s popular sculpture gardens.
A new plaza will be created between the newly acquired building and the Meginnis-Munroe House. The new plaza will be named for Leadership level donors Ray Bye, formerly Vice President for Research at Florida State University, and Kathy Bye, current board member for The Institute for Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence (INIE) and founding member of the Oasis Center for Women & Girls.
LeMoyne Arts has been at the heart of Tallahassee’s cultural and visual arts for nearly 60 years. Its signature events are an important part of our community’s cultural life.
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