WBTT Awarded $500k from State for Capital Campaign

Arts & Culture

SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY JUL 3, 2019

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has been awarded $500,000 in support of its Heart & Soul capital campaign. The funding came from the Department of State's 2019-2020 Cultural Facilities Program, which provides matching grants to support capital projects for cultural facilities in Florida, as part of the recently signed state budget. The Heart & Soul capital campaign stands at $7.7 million (of WBTT's $8 million goal), and the organization is working to close the campaign, which also includes an endowment to support WBTT into the future.

The campaign has provided the funds to renovate the Binz Building on WBTT's Orange Avenue campus, and the three-story structure is now known as the Education & Outreach Building. WBTT will soon have a larger theater with comfortable, permanent seating, a larger, more elegant lobby area, upgrades to lighting and sound, a 60-seat second stage, soundproof walls, larger restrooms, and professional backstage areas. Architect for the campus project is C. Alan Anderson Architect, P.A.; Construction Management firm is Willis Smith Construction.

The campus renovations are scheduled to be completed by December 2019.

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