JUNEAU - The Rasmuson Foundation recently awarded the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council $15,450 through the Tier I grant program for the purpose of purchasing the grand piano that has been on lease to them from J. Althea. the piano served J. Althea, local pianist and teacher, in Juneau until she moved to California last year. Althea arranged to rent the piano to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to expand the potential uses for the newly opened facility.
The piano has already provided innumerable performance opportunities in the JACC, most recently the Juneau Student Symphony, which featured Maggie Ross performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1., and will be in full swing during the Alaska Folk Festival.
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council would like to recognize Reliable Transfer for their support in moving the piano to its new home last fall, and Mark Wumkes for his assistance in building a rolling platform for the piano to live on in the hall.
"We are extremely grateful to the Rasmuson Foundation for making it possible for us to purchase this piano for the community, especially in this troubled economic climate. Their generosity throughout the years and throughout the state continue to make our lives happier and our communities better places to live. This piano will serve Juneau well for many years." said JAHC executive director, Nancy DeCherney.