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Fundraising begins for final PSAD building

BY KATHLEEN FOXkfox@paducahsun.com

WKCTC officials reported the successful beginning of fundraising for the final phase of the Paducah School of Art and Design Lower Town campus.

President Barbara Veazey updated members of the Paducah Junior College Board, the foundation for West Kentucky Community & Technical College, during a meeting Thursday regarding donation pledges for phase three, which is renovations to the Kitchens Inc. facility at 905 Harrison St. She said school representatives have stayed busy meeting with local legislators and potential individual and group donors, including the Lower Town Association.

Veazey and Ashley Wright, WKCTC vice president of institutional advancement, plan to address the Rotary Clubs in Paducah and Mayfield and the Lions and Kiwanis clubs in Paducah in upcoming weeks. WKCTC is also a sponsor of the Chamber of Commerce Power in Partnership breakfast in March, Veazey said.

Wright debuted a promotional video with interviews from current School of Art and Design students and those who have transferred to a four-year art school to illustrate the importance of the campaign through the faces of the school community, she said.

"We are continuing to drive the creative economy in Paducah and McCracken County but what we are really doing is changing lives through the art school," she said.

The campaign has raised $655,750 in pledges, including $500,000 that was given by PJC. The school also presented several naming rights opportunities, including $2 million for the entire facility, $500,000 for the multimedia art gallery, $250,000 for the upper or lower level, $100,000 for the main lobby, $50,000 to $99,999 for one of two digital communication studios, and $25,000 to $49,999 for one of four drawing, painting or photography studios.

Although the campaign has begun and pledges are being tallied, the school doesn't plan to ask for those funds until July 1 after the current legislative session. Veazey said it's important to know what legislative matching resources will be given to the university before gathering monetary gifts from the private sector. Donations can also be pledged over five years, she said.

The local goal is $2 million to start construction, with work scheduled to begin in July and the building to open in fall 2015. Plans for the 29,400 square-foot facility include studio space for two-dimensional design, painting, drawing, graphic design and digital photography programs as well as offices and galleries.

Phase one ended with the opening of the 6,700 square foot Madison Hall for the ceramics, metals, jewelry-making and three-dimensional design concentrations in January 2013. Phase two includes construction on the adjacent 7,000 square-foot sculpture building with studios for clay, wood working, welding, metal fabrication and bronze casting.

John Carrico, WKCTC vice president of administrative services, said phase two work, which began in spring 2013, is on schedule to be completed by the end of March and open for classes in the fall. He said crews are hanging drywall and are waiting for drier weather to complete the final component of the roof. The parking lot was paved in November and currently in use.

For more information about pledging, contact Wright at 270-534-3084 or at ashley.wright@kctcs.edu or make a gift at supportPSAD.org.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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