The Sheridan City Council held a special meeting Thursday where they approved a resolution in support of a grant application for the WYO Performing Arts Center. The grant application is a collaborative effort between the Wyo Theater, Sheridan College, Whitney Benefits and the City of Sheridan. The goal is to secure a $3 million grant through the Wyoming Business Council's Business Ready Community Grant and Loan program to renovate the WYO Theater, Hallmark and Perkins buildings.
WYO Theater Executive Director Nick Johnson explains how the project will benefit their facility.
Northern Wyoming Community College District Vice President of Development Susan Bigelow says that the expansion will create a home for Sheridan College's performing arts program.
Johnson points out that the expansion and renovation will not only benefit the Wyo Theater and the College, but the community as a whole.
The Whitney Benefits Educational Foundation will donate the Hallmark building for inclusion in the project. Whitney owns the building and currently leases it to the WYO Theater. The $3 million grant would cover the first two phases of the project. Phase one consists of structural work and the creation of additional performing space in the Perkins Building. Phase two includes renovation of the second floor offices in the Perkins building and renovation of the first floor of the Hallmark building to provide dressing rooms, a green room, and classroom space.