Vision Iowa Grant pursued
The new auditorium committee in Washington plans to resubmit their grant application to Vision Iowa in mid-July.
Jan Gallagher, co-chairperson for the new auditorium committee, said since the application was declined at the beginning of June the committee has been meeting non-stop.
They are working with the grant writer, Katherine Ollendeck, and a consultant out of Des Moines to re-work the Vision Iowa grant application, Gallagher said. She declined on saying what amounts the committee may ask for in the grant request because the committee was still trying to decide that.
In the new application the committee will make the community benefits of having a new auditorium at Washington High School stronger, Gallagher said.
“We’re trying to show the community benefits stronger than we did before [in the Vision Iowa application],” Gallagher said. “I think that’s where the main hiccup was, was this has to be very community-focused, not just school, and we went in with an application that was pretty equal.”
The application will describe what events the community will be able to have at the auditorium more, Gallagher said. She gave examples of having cultural activities, such as the salsa dancers that were a part of the 175th celebration, bringing in traveling shows from colleges and universities, having a one-act play festival for any age group, having a creative arts and drama series, having the municipal band play concerts in the auditorium during the winter months, and bringing alumni performers back to Washington.
“There’s just so many things that we could do that community people could be a part of,” Gallagher said.
The committee is optimistic about having a quicker response from the Vision Iowa board this time around, Gallagher said.
“They know our basic plan and we have this 28E agreement with the city in place and the bond vote is completed,” she said. “We hope they look at this and say ‘Oh, you’ve make some nice changes here’ and they’ve listened to us.’ ”