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Glencoe, Writers’ Theater awarded NEA grant

Updated: August 14, 2012 6:28AM

And now the work can begin in earnest.

The National Endowment for the Arts has just announced that Writers’ Theatre and the Village of Glencoe have been selected to receive an Our Town grant of $100,000 to support the design of a new theater center in the North Shore suburb. The grant will support the design of a new permanent home for the company — one that will stand on its current site, the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe.

As previsouly announced, the center will be designed by architect Jeanne Gang and her Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects (SGA). Gang, best known for her design of Chicago’s wavelike highrise, the Aqua Tower, was a 2011 MacArthur (“Genius Award”) Fellow. She and her firm will pursue a U.S. Green Building Council LEED designation for the “theater in the park” aspect of what will be the new home for the nationally-recognized Writers’ Theatre and its productions, educational programs, workshops and lectures.

Writers’ Theatre, which plays to about 35,000 patrons each season, is the only recipient of the Our Town award in the Chicago area this year. Inaugurated in 2011, these NEA grants were devised to recognize and support communities working in partnership with non-profit arts organizations “to create cultural destinations that encourage creative activity, community identity and a sense of place, and the revitalization of local economies.”

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