Help the JACC by sending letters

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Please help us provide the governor with strong reasons to support the $50,000 appropriation in the Capital Budget to upgrade the electrical service at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Letters of support are needed.

The State Capital Budget includes a $50,000 appropriation to modernize the electrical service at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Please let Gov. Sean Parnell know that this is an important project, worth the investment. Send letters of support today to:

• Sean Parnell, P.O. Box 110001, Juneau, AK 99811-0001

And Cc:

• Beth Kerttula, Hannah McCarty, Legislative Aide, State Capitol, Room 404, Juneau, AK 99801

• Nancy DeCherney, Executive Director, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, 350 Whittier, Suite 101, Juneau AK, 99801

Points of note:

• Current electrical service dates from 1959 and is insufficient to handle modern electrical needs. Current electrical service is unsafe.

• Efforts to use this facility as a performing arts and culture center and a conference center are limited by the electrical problems.

• Improved electrical capacity will go a long way toward meeting the need for performing spaces, community gathering and meeting space.

• The facility is a disaster emergency shelter - in the most recent situation, the failure of the Archives roof, the lack of electrical service meant extension cords all over the place that led to blown circuits.

• This facility serves between 2,000 and 6,000 people monthly - clearly a need for the facility.

• A small investment now will serve the community for a long time to come.

The State Capital Budget also includes a similar appropriation for Perseverance Theatre to upgrade the wiring in their theatre, also antiquated. Both the JACC and the Theatre contribute significantly to the economic well-being of the community. We encourage support of both projects.

Nancy DeCherney

Executive director, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council


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