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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Carnegie Center in running for grant

  • The Carnegie Center for the Arts may soon be getting repaired stained-glass windows, thanks to the Heritage Trust Fund (HTF).

    On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Historic Sites Board of Review approved several recommendations from the HTF grant review committee to provide matching funds for the preservation of certain historic Kansas properties.
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  • The Carnegie Center for the Arts may soon be getting repaired stained-glass windows, thanks to the Heritage Trust Fund (HTF).
    On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Historic Sites Board of Review approved several recommendations from the HTF grant review committee to provide matching funds for the preservation of certain historic Kansas properties.
    Whether or not the Carnegie Center receives the funds hinges on a legislative decision over the mortgage registration fee, which partially funds the HTF. The Carnegie Center was placed seventh on a list of approved projects whose maximum allocation amount is $90,000. Other projects include Franklin Elementary School in Wyandotte County and the New Lancaster General Store in Miami County. The Carnegie Center would receive $90,000.
    “It's huge because my first thought is somebody else thinks this is just as important as I believe it is, because it's so much more than a job for me” said Summer Bates, executive director for the Carnegie Center. “I want to know that this place is going to be around. We've been functioning as an art center for 31 years and I want to know that I did everything I could for it to be here another 31 years.”
    Repairs to the Carnegie Center's stained-glass windows would include re-leading, replacing wood, replacing mismatched glass and installing new storm windows.
    “Basically we're not just fixing one little thing, we're completely overhauling the windows for historical accuracy as well as modern efficiency,” Bates said.
    The Carnegie Center has also started a campaign to help raise money for the windows, with five percent of funds going toward the Carnegie Endowment and five percent toward operation funds. In order to receive the grant from the HTF, the Carnegie Center worked with Main Street Dodge City and the Tourism Task Force to raise $22,500 in matching funds
    The Carnegie Center began as Dodge City's first public library, opening its doors on Feb. 1, 1907. The Center functioned as a library until 1969, and for ten years thereafter the building served as several restaurants, bars and a night club.  In 1979 the community and the Dodge City Area Arts Council rallied to save the building from demolition and in 1981 the Carnegie Center for the Arts officially opened.
    Bates said that the building's stained-glass windows are far from the only aspect of the Carnegie Center needing attention. Funding for the center's various programs is low, as is compensation for employees. The center used to be open Tuesday through Saturday. Now it is open on Friday and Saturday.
    “As far as funds for our day-to-day operations we're hurting really bad,” Bates said.
    The Carnegie Center's program offerings include a summer art camp, painting classes, holiday specials and “Final Fridays.” It also serves as a venue for weddings, meetings and other functions.
    Page 2 of 2 - Apart from donations, Bates said that volunteer help is always welcome.
    “Volunteer service is very valuable,” she said.
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