The LJCC is excited to announce that it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama. The J will use the money to enhance in-house programming by revitalizing its auditorium. A bonus effect will see the auditorium become an affordable venue for use by area nonprofit organizations and businesses.
“Historically, our auditorium has been the perfect place for diverse groups to experience an event together and connect,” says The J’s Grant Writer and interim Program Director Elizabeth Patton, who adds that at its height, the LJCC arts program was highly regarded in Birmingham.
“But our auditorium has not been upgraded since 1994 and its current state prevents us from offering those life-changing moments that connect people from all walks of life,” she adds. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic derailed plans to renovate the space.
The grant will help spruce up the space with new curtains, chairs, paint, refinishing the floor, and enhancing the backstage area. Not only will this help boost programming at The J, but it will also create an affordable venue for other area organizations that might need space for training, music and plays, galas, conferences, speakers, and other events.
The mission of the Daniel Foundation of Alabama is to strengthen communities and improve quality of life across the state.