Today was a big day for everyone in this area. The official ground breaking for the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center was held this afternoon. This is a true partnership between Jasper Community Arts and Jasper Public Library. The new building will be on the site of a former factory in the downtown area near the River Walk and many other area attractions.
We are so excited. Both entities have been seeking expansion for many years, decades in fact. I first met with the Thyens in 2006 but it wasn’t until about four years ago that the library and Jasper Arts decided that a partnership would be a great idea.
The road has not been easy but everyone in the community seemed to get on board with fund raising, the referendum drive for the library, approval from all the political entities, funding from state organizations. The turning point was the challenge grant pledged by Jim and Pat Thyen. From major companies to individuals, everyone in the area has pitched in to make this project happen.
So this afternoon, we all gathered at the site for the ground breaking ceremony. Speeches were given, children were invited to participate, all of the board members and staff and other supporters were given an opportunity to wield one of the golden shovels.
The bulldozers take over tomorrow.
I can hardly wait! Viva la arts!
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