The Shelby County Public Library Outdoor Plaza won the $150,000 Ignite Shelby County Grant. The library is far more than books on a shelf, and this project will greatly expand their programs and audience. The plaza will include a stage with a pergola backdrop, fountain, living walls, and seating areas. Watch for these exciting improvements in the later part of 2017.
The Strand Theatre
was awarded $28,400 for phases 1 and 2 of their project to increase accessibility and usability of the stage for performers of all types of mobility. The project involved expanding the stage and other associated building renovations. The Strand Theatre continues to host a variety of events and has surpassed serving 100,000 attendees.
Shelby County Arts Alliance
has been working with BRCF and professional advisors on board development, visioning, goal setting, and planning. This work is part of the Foundation's nonprofit capacity building grant program. Following the completion of this work in late 2017, BRCF will grant $30,000 to the Shelby Arts Alliance to hire the organization's first paid executive director/coordinator.
The Blue River Career Center
received $30,000 for the Diesel Tech program, which trains students for a career in Diesel Technology - one of Indiana's "Hot Jobs." They have received engines from Cummins and a State Department of Workforce Development grant for additional equipment to support the program. The Construction Trades class at Blue River Career Program helped with the building renovations to accommodate the Diesel Tech program.
Healthy Shelby County
in partnership with the Parks Department received $28,164 for phase 1 of their project. This phase will place concrete pads and shaded seating along Progress Parkway, leading to Lee Boulevard and the new Blue River Trail at Blue River Memorial Park as part of their initiative to create a healthier, more connected, walkable community that is accessible for everyone at all ages and stages.
Girls Inc. and the J. Kenneth Self Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club
These vital Shelby County youth serving organizations received a $150,000 grant from the W.E. Bill Cunningham Trust for the new Outdoor Lab/Greenhouse project, which will provide a new hands-on STEM learning opportunity for kids of all ages. Construction of the greenhouse is expected to begin later in 2017.
received $10,000 for school improvements, including a video display in the gymnasium. The video display is used for all kinds of events and produces revenue for the school through advertising. These proceeds help with funding of other school improvements that are part of the school's overall improvement plan.
Music in the Park
A partnership between the Shelby Arts Alliance, Parks Department, and BRCF has brought a series of four monthly bands to the Blue River Memorial Park each summer. A wide variety of music genres, including rock, bluegrass, classical, and country have attracted thousands of people to enjoy these free outdoor concerts on the lawn at the park.
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