The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced Wednesday that the Writers’ Theatre and the Village of Glencoe have been selected to receive an Our Town grant of $100,000, according to a press release by the Writers’ Theatre. The grant will go to support the design of a new permanent home for the Writers’ Theatre at the site of the Women’s Library Club of Glencoe. The new theatre center is being designed by Jeanne Gang, a 2011 MacArthur Fellow, and Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects (SGA).
The Writers’ Theatre and the Village of Glencoe, according to the press release, worked with US Senators Richard J. Durbin and Mark Kirk, US Representatives Robert Dold and Jan Schakowsky and Illinois State Senator Susan Garret, all of whom provided endorsements of the project.
“To have this important project recognized by the NEA, and to be working with such wonderful partners toward our new theatre center, is truly an honor,” said Kathryn Lipuma, Writers’ Theatre Executive Director, in a statement. “We look forward to the next stage of planning and to bringing the arts to even more people when the center is complete.”
The Our Town grant aims to support creative placemaking projects that transform communities into “lively, beautiful and sustainable places with arts at their core.” The NEA received 317 applications for the Our Town grants this year, 80 of which were awarded.