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The Fine Arts Association Receives Making Efficiency Work Grant

WILLOUGHBY, OHIO –April 4, 2011 – The Fine Arts Association (FAA) in Willoughby has received a $150,000 grant award funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s State Energy Making Efficiency Work Program.  The program is administered by the Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Energy Resources Division.  The grant will provide needed upgrades to the HVAC and electrical systems, and install energy efficient LED lighting and occupancy sensors at the organization’s 39-year old facility. 

Linda Wise, CEO at The Fine Arts Association, commented, “We are thrilled to receive this grant to improve the energy efficiency of our building.  The project will reduce electrical usage by 58 percent and natural gas usage by 70 percent.  Additionally when the work is completed, the building will be more comfortable for all our guests.”

The project also supports FAA’s recently adopted strategic plan goals to reduce facility operational cost and increase program offerings.  The Fine Arts Association will continue to be in the forefront of arts education in our community.

FAA board member Harry Keagler and local contractor Mike Gallagher, The John F. Gallagher Co. assisted in the completion of the Making Efficiency Work proposal.  Competing with hundreds of applicants throughout the State of Ohio, FAA’s project was one of fifteen to be selected.   The work will be completed in 2011. 

The Fine Arts Association is a non-profit community arts education and performance center offering classes in the disciplines of music, music therapy, visual art, theatre and dance both on-site and off-site at various locations.  Fine Arts also produces a full theatre and concert season.  The organization serves more than 60,000 people annually.  Program funding is received in part by the United Way of Lake County, Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

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