<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Friday, July 13th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – $500,000 worth of improvements is made to a local educational community center.

Additional gallery and learning space of about 3,200 sq. feet was redone at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts.

98th District State Representative Al Landis was instrumental in the team effort of securing the funding from the 2016 State Capital Budget.

<p>During a Thursday evening unveiling, Executive Director Jeannine Kennedy indicated that the planning to develop the mezzanine area has been in the works for over 10 years. She took a moment to thank all community members for supporting the center.

“Because the arts are so important in a community. They’re important to society. It’s the only thing that lasts after a society collapses. We know everybody through their art, [including] the Aztec’s, the Inca’s, the Egyptians, and the Romans. For the people of Tuscarawas County and the businesses to support a place like this is just phenomenal.”

The total project included a side parking lot that can be utilized as an outdoor exhibit space, remodeled bathrooms, and a modified top gallery level that also houses the Center for the Arts permanent collection.



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