<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">COURTESY PHOTO</span>                                An artist rendering of the 300-seat theater in the new JACC, which will include a central seating area and a balcony.

COURTESY PHOTO An artist rendering of the 300-seat theater in the new JACC, which will include a central seating area and a balcony.

New JACC picks up large donation

A fellow Alaska organization is helping make the new Juneau Arts and Culture Center a reality.

The Carr Foundation, an Anchorage-based foundation that helps fund arts, educational and social services organizations throughout the state, pledged to donate $150,000 to the building of the new JACC, according to a news release this weekend from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC).

The JAHC has set a fundraising goal of $26 million, and according to its website it is 14 percent of the way to its goal. Its fundraising efforts are picking up steam. According to the release, almost 100 Juneau residents have pledged or donated upwards of $10,000 to the project.

The new JACC would replace the current JACC on basically the same area of land near the Juneau waterfront. The new JACC, which organizers hope will be under construction beginning next year, will include a 300-seat theater, community hall, art gallery, studio space, art shop, seminar room and a café, among other features.

Partnership Board Co-Chair Peter Jurasz said in the release that this donation is an encouraging one in terms of securing statewide support.

“We are very grateful that our fellow Alaskans believe in this project and are willing to invest, knowing that the returns will benefit not only the people of Juneau, but all Alaskans,” Jurasz said in the release, “as well as the millions of people who visit Alaska’s capital city.”

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