.Tannery Arts Center to Use Grant For New Performance and Dance Building

The Tannery Arts Center is about to get an upgrade, to the tune of $4 million.

The money comes from a grant awarded to the city of Santa Cruz on March 22 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation program. Funded by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, the program hopes to help communities that rely on tourism accelerate their post-pandemic recovery.

The grant will fund the construction of a new, 5,360-square-foot performance and dance building within the Tannery Arts Center complex, with the hopes of increasing tourism and expanding Santa Cruz’s arts and entertainment sector. 

The new facility will include two performance bays, office space and changing areas. The EDA grant will be matched with $990,000 in local investment and is expected to create 60 jobs, support 70 existing jobs and generate $1.3 million in private investment. 

In all, the EDA’s tourism program included in the American Rescue Plan will distribute $240 million across the U.S.

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