Ganondagan gets $1M from state for new art center

By NATE DOUGHERTY - 6/19/2013 4:06:44 PM

Ganondagan State Historic Site's Seneca Art and Culture Center has received a $1 million state grant that will allow it add some high-tech touches to the interior of its planned facility.

The Seneca Art & Culture Center is a $10 million project that will enable the site to offer year-round facilities for interactive educational and cultural experiences. In addition to the sustainable climate system and theater seating, the center will also feature a multi-purpose auditorium, gallery, permanent and rotating exhibit space, a catering kitchen, traditional gardens, audiovisual and distance learning capabilities, a gift shop and office space.
The grant, given from Gov.  Andrew Cuomo through NY Works Funding, will allow plans for the center to include new features such as a geothermal well for energy-efficient heating and cooling and roll out theater seating.
“We are so grateful to New York State for recognizing the importance of our Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan with its financial backing,” said Dan Rundberg, chair of the Friends of Ganondagan board of trustees. “The new center will be a compelling tourism destination for local, regional, national and international visitors and will bring great growth opportunities to the area.”
The center already is receiving $2 million in funding from the state and $900,000 through the Environmental Protection Fund. It has received funding from the Seneca Nation and corporate, foundation and private funders.
The Seneca Art & Culture Center, which totals more than 17,000 square feet, is set for a fall groundbreaking and a tentative 2014 opening.

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