Update on the Willoughby Arts Complex project

Perseverance Theatre has announced its withdrawal from the Willoughby Arts Complex project, following a three-year planning partnership — known as the pARTnership — with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

“It is not the right time for us to take on such a large new initiative to fundraise and build the building, or make such a long term financial commitment to operating it,” a theater representative said in a release. “We fully support our friends at the JAHC in their work on the WAC project, and want the project to succeed. We believe its success will have a positive impact on all the arts in the Capital City and we welcome a role in making the WAC project succeed.”

The JAHC remains committed to building a ‘vibrant, affordable, flexible, creative community center.’ Nancy DeCherney and members of the JAHC Board who have worked on the project for several years will now direct the project, with input from a wide array of arts groups, artists, cultural organizations, educators and citizens.

A recent McDowell Group study, commissioned by the pARTnership, confirms the feasibility of this project, which has long been a goal in Juneau.

The architectural design competition, the next step in the original timeline for the WAC, will proceed as scheduled in the next three months.

For more, visit jahc.org.

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