RAD grant would help offset August Wilson Center costs
February 25, 2016 10:10 AM
The August Wilson Center on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.
The Regional Asset District’s board will vote this afternoon on whether it will distribute a $333,333 “connection grant” to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to help underwrite operating costs at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
Six of the seven members must approve the grant after discussion at the board’s meeting at 3 p.m. in the Allegheny County Courthouse’s fourth-floor Gold Room.
RAD receives one-half of the 1 percent sales and use tax in Allegheny County and budgeted nearly $97 million to be distributed this year among 93 organizations, most of which are libraries, parks and trails, according to its budget. Assets may apply for connection grants to lower overhead costs by sharing resources, for which the board earmarked $750,000 in 2016.
The bankrupt center was on the verge of redevelopment as a hotel, but was purchased in 2014 for $8.49 million by a coalition of foundations, with help from the city and county and other supporters. Under a management agreement, the Cultural Trust provides services such as ticket sales, event support and marketing for the August Wilson Center.
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