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McKinney Performing Arts Center wins $150,000 grant funding with help of residents' votes
By City of McKinney
Nov 14, 2017
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Renovations will begin spring 2018

McKINNEY, Texas (Nov. 8, 2017) – McKinney’s Main Street program won $150,000 in grant funding from the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign to "Polish Our Gem" and help maintain the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC). MPAC was the only building nominated in Texas and the only courtroom-turned-theater in the running, making this a truly unique opportunity for McKinney. Residents were encouraged to vote daily during a month-long online voting campaign.

McKinney Performing Arts Center - photo by Allen Rich

Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places. McKinney was one of 25 participating Main Street programs, districts, and communities competing for a grant. More than 920,000 votes were tallied across the nation and the top 10 cities with the most votes were awarded grants.

“Because of the efforts by our community and business partners, we were able to win these funds for the improvements to the exterior of the McKinney Performing Arts Center. This was an extremely competitive challenge and every vote mattered. We are so grateful to our community for the commitment and devotion to vote daily,” said Amy Rosenthal, Director of McKinney Main Street. “We look forward to putting the funds to good use and preserving our gem by cleaning the exterior limestone, painting trim and repointing the historic brick.”

For more information on McKinney Main Street, visit DowntownMcKinney.com.