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Bellefonte Art Museum Awarded $50,000 State Grant

by on April 13, 2018 4:00 AM

Bellefonte Art Museum has been awarded a $50,000 “Marketing to Attract Tourists” grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Located in the historic Linn House at 133 N. Allegheny St., the museum will use the grant, along with matching funds from the Central PA Convention and Visitors Bureau, to complete its porch and four-season room restoration project.

The work will accommodate more visitors and restore areas that currently cannot be used, state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, said in a release announcing the grant.

“The preserved porches will help the building retain its architectural integrity and will dramatically increase the usable space in the museum and accommodate outside activities,” Corman said.  “The project will also enable the museum to address safety concerns, including railing heights that do not meet code and rotted and loose floors and railings.”

"Marketing to Attract Tourists" grants are awarded "to nonprofit organizations with interest in the development of tourism product that provides a visitor experience to a tourist region..." according to DCED. Funds may be used for events, facility enhancements, new construction or renovation and to develop marketing campaigns

The museum's grant will be used to re-point brickwork on the ground level wall, restore and rebuild the currently unused four-season room, add electricity and outlets and replace rotted decking with yellow pine deck boards.

"We are delighted to have received this grant, which will enable us to finish restoration of the Linn House and create more usable space for the enjoyment of visitors," a post on the museum's Facebook page stated.

According to the post, construction will begin in August. 

“The museum attracts many visitors and these repairs will make it and the arts more accessible to all members of our community,” Corman said. “This is an investment that promotes tourism and the arts here in Centre County while ensuring this wonderful historic and popular landmark is preserved for future generations to use and enjoy.”

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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