Temple, Texas, Jul 07, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development Area Specialist, Dorothy Aupperle, announced funding to the Crystal Theater of Gonzalez today. The $15,883 grant will be funded through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility program.
“The Crystal Theater is essential to the residents of Gonzales, who otherwise may not have access to interact with the cultural arts and performances the theater provides,” said Paco Valentin, State Director, USDA Rural Development. “This announcement provides the funding necessary to restore this historic building, so the theater may continue to serve as an outlet for community involvement for the residents of Gonzales.”
The old playhouse, built in the early part of the 20th century, is showing signs of aging and is in need of exterior renovations to preserve the iconic appearance of the theater. The funding from Rural Development will be used to restore the outside facade of the building. The improvements and restoration will include correcting the moisture control issues, painting of all the exterior surfaces, installation of a protective awning and security system, along with placement of marquee lighting around the facility. The Crystal offers an arts-in education program, locally produced live theatre performances and workshops, as well as professional theatre performances for the community. The theater is located in Gonzales with a population of 7,202.
In Fiscal Year 2010, over $62 million in Community Facility loans and grants were obligated in Texas. The USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include libraries, child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, theaters, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
USDA Rural Development strives to see that rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy by providing technical assistance, funding, and other programs that help rural Americans build strong economies to improve their quality of life. For further information regarding USDA Rural Development Programs, contact the Edna office at 361-782-7151, Extension 4, or visit our website at http://rurdev.usda.gov/tx/.