Capitol Federal Savings is the latest contributor to the Lawrence Arts Center renovation and expansion campaign, according to Ann Evans, executive director of the arts center.
The company pledged $30,000 toward the project on Wednesday, bringing the total amount raised by the campaign to $1.2 million, Evans said.
"Capitol Federal is committed to helping build strong communities," John Dicus, chairman of the bank, said in a prepared statement. "Our decision to assist the Lawrence Arts Center with its funding campaign was based on the art center's outstanding record of cultivating and encouraging virtually every area of the visual and performing arts through well-conceived programs with excellent community involvement.
"We are excited about the curriculum and event possibilities that the expanded facility will bring to the people of Lawrence. We look forward to the completed project with anticipation, and are gratified that the Lawrence Arts Center will gain new vitality while preserving the grace and style of the old building."
Evans said the arts center is "sincerely appreciative" of Capitol Federal's support.
"We appreciate that this is from a regional corporation, and so it is truly a very large and wonderful gift," she said.
The $4.8 million project calls for the renovation of the Carnegie Library building at 200 W. Ninth, which now houses the arts center, and the expansion to the north and west to create space for a new theater, large exhibition galleries, classrooms, art studios, offices and a library.
The arts center, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, served about 4,000 people during its first year of operation. In 1994, 95,000 people participated in its classes, exhibits and events.
In addition to its arts-based preschool, the arts center is home to the Prairie Wind Dancers, Summer Youth Theatre and the Seem-To-Be Players.