Washington County Commission commits $1 million to ETSU Arts Initiative

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The Washington County Commission voted Oct. 27 to commit $1 million toward the ETSU Arts Initiative.

The county will give $100,000 per year for 10 years.  Commissioners voting in favor of the resolution cited the potential for economic and cultural benefits to the county and region as the reason for their support.

The Arts Initiative is a comprehensive plan to support and expand the university’s arts programs.  The centerpiece of the plan is the construction of a new fine arts classroom facility that would house performance halls, practice space, classrooms, lab spaces, faculty offices and display areas for showcasing student and faculty work.

The current projected cost of the Arts Initiative is $40.65 million, with approximately $10.2 million in matching funds required from ETSU.  The university is continuing the effort to raise these matching funds and currently stands at $7.3 million, according to Jeremy Ross, chief of staff for external operations.
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