Mike Jacobson of Nebraskaland National Bank presents the check.
Community College art classes are set to begin this month in the newly renovated Prairie Arts Center downtown, and the renovation received a $25,000 boost Friday through Nebraskaland National Bank. The renovation is coordinated by the Creativity Unlimited Arts Council.
The grant is from the FHLBank, a wholesale financial institution of which NebraskaLand National Bank is a member.
The grant is part of the "Joint Opportunities for Building Success (JOBS)" program, which helps financial institutions throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma promote jobs and economic growth.
A new elevator and staircase have been installed in the building, as well as windows in the northwest corner. The basement and first floor is being renovated in this phase of the project. Classes will be held in the basement and the first floor will be primary used as a gallery.
Volunteers have worked for months, with a renewed effort during the last three weeks, to prepare and paint the interior of the building.
Michael B. Jacobson, President and CEO of NebraskaLand National Bank said “We are pleased to have played a role in the funding of this grant to the Prairie Arts Center. This grant will stimulate the economy, boost the community and give the project much needed funds.”