JCA receives grant funds, donation
Published 3:00 am Saturday, February 25, 2017
The Johnson Center for the Arts has received financial support in the total amount of $40,000 for its cultural arts programs from Troy Bank & Trust and the Chapman Foundation.
Jeff Kervin, president of TB&T, presented a contribution from TB&T in the amount of $20,000 to JCA Executive Director Vicki Pritchett at its February board meeting.
“We are extremely grateful to Troy Bank & Trust for these funds that will be used for the continuation of our annual Fall Student Art Show and our Christmas celebration events, including our Christmas Tree Extravaganza and church and school choirs,” Pritchett said. “Troy Bank and Trust has long been a dedicated supporter of the Johnson Center. The bank’s continuing support makes it possible for us to maintain our operation and fulfill our mission, which is the cultural enrichment of the lives of all citizens through exposure to and education in the arts.”
At the board meeting, Pritchett also acknowledged the receipt of grant funding from the Chapman Foundation, which is a private charitable trust.
“The Johnson Center applied for and received a $20,000 grant from the Chapman Foundation for the purpose of helping with our school programs and exhibits,” Pritchett said. “This grant funding will be used in the initial phase of our after-school theater and drama classes.
“The funds will also assist with the commissioning of playwrights for the JCA’s historical play, “The Day the Train Came to Troy. The musical will be our contribution to and our celebration of the Alabama Bicentennial in 2019.”
Pritchett expressed appreciation for the grant from the Chapman Foundation, which is administered through Troy Bank & Trust.
“Eleven entities were named by Corley “Brother” Chapman, Jr. to be eligible to apply for the grants,” Pritchett said. “We are extremely honored for the JCA to be among them. Brother was an advocate for the arts in the community and a dedicated supporter of the Johnson Center. We appreciated him and we appreciate his generosity.”