LGAA-VFW Joint Building Improvement Campaign
The Locust Grove Arts Alliance is in its 4th year of operation, and in that time, we have provided this community with a wealth of arts opportunities for people of all ages. We have hosted countless events, contests, and exhibits and sponsored teachers, students, and artists in their work and education and received several grants to help us fund our projects. We provide the only source of printed town news with our monthly newsletter. We have been the proud recipient of a donated building for our office.
In 2018, we are partnering with the local VFW post to remodel the historic VFW building and make it available for LGAA, VFW and community events.
For the LGAA, this larger space will make it possible for us to provide the following:
- Community theater for both children and adults
- Meeting and event space for community organizations
- Space for arts workshops and presentations
- Functional space for traveling exhibits
For the VFW, the remodeled space will make it possible for the post to rent the facility for events that will help pay monthly utility and insurance costs.
In the short term, we hope to raise enough funds to make both bathrooms handicap-accessible, paint all walls, ensure that all electric and plumbing is up to code, replace the floor and do other minor repairs.
In the long term, we hope to build a stage for play performances, remove the dropped ceiling tile and expose the original tin ceilings and remodel the upstairs, which will include an elevator and extensive repair. This space could be rented out for office space, events, and more, and the money will provide the VFW with an income to pay its bills and insurance and more.
In 2018, the Oklahoma Humanities Council is offering to support 5 rural communities in the state with populations under 10,000 in bringing a world-class Smithsonian exhibit to town in 2019. The LGAA would love to send in an application for this opportunity and use the VFW building for the exhibit. But first, we have to have funds available and time to make the short term repairs that will make the building suitable for this exhibit, which, if we win the grant, will be coming sometime in 2019 or 2020.
Grant applications for this exhibit are due May 1. A required element of the application is to describe the proposed building for the exhibit.
Please consider donating any amount that you can: online, through the mail, or in person. All donations are tax-deductible.
To donate by mail, please send checks to:
Locust Grove Arts Alliance
6620 S 4382
Locust Grove OK 74352
To donate in person, please attend any LGAA meeting or come by the office during its operating hours.
If you are willing to donate your time, expertise or services in any way, please let us know that also.