With a Creative Placemaking Grant from the Delta Regional Authority, one Southern Illinois historic site will be given new life.

With a combined investment of $60,000 from Save the Massac and the Delta Regional Authority, the city of Metropolis will renovate the Massac Theatre to become a multi-use facility for the community.

Illinois State Senator for the 59th District Dale Fowler praised the work by the DRA in the region.

“Preserving the historical and cultural significance of local landmarks, while renovating and breathing new life into them is a really great thing for our area,” Fowler, who is a 2009 graduate of the DRA Delta Leadership Institute, said in a news release.

The release said in order to provide the grants, the DRA has partnered with leading national arts and government organizations to ensure the success and long-term sustainability of its creative placemaking initiative. Through the initiative, Delta communities are given access to experts and additional resources to ensure projects succeed.

The release listed selected partnerships for the Placemaking Grants, including The Rural Policy Research Institute, Art of the Rural, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Association of Counties, the National Association of Development Organizations, McClure Engineering Company, Springboard for the Arts, ArtPlace America, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.

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