Person County TDA makes $20,000 pledge to Kirby Rebirth project
Pictured in front of
the historic Kirby Theater ticket booth are Person County Tourism Development
Authority (TDA) board members from left: Charley Bullock (TDA co-chairman);
Tommy Winstead, Lois McIver Winstead, Margaret McMann (TDA executive director),
Pamela Bowman, Bonnie Meeler, and Tammy Woods. The Person County TDA has made a
$20,000 donation to the Kirby Rebirth: Upstairs-Uptown proje
The Person County
Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has expressed its support of the Kirby
Rebirth: Upstairs-Uptown project with a pledge of $20,000. “With the economy
being what it is, we need a good drawing card to bring people to Person County.
The Kirby Cultural Arts Complex could be another destination for
out-of-towners,” said Charley Bullock, TDA co-chairman. “We have so many
talented people in Person County and a lot to show visitors, such as the Person
County History Museum. We want to continue to develop those opportunities.”
“We greatly appreciate
the Person County TDA’s strong support of the Kirby Rebirth project,” said Dr.
Walter Bartlett, PCC President. “The TDA will be instrumental in developing
these facilities as a local destination for our county’s visitors.”
The Kirby Cultural Arts
Complex currently includes the Kirby Theater, a historic movie theater
providing a large auditorium and stage for live entertainment and a new movie
screen; the Kirby Gallery, offering art exhibitions, art sales, and spaces for
individual music lessons; and the Kirby Learning Studios, renovated by Piedmont
Community College (PCC) in 2010 to accommodate classes in its Associate in Fine
The Kirby Rebirth plans
call for renovations to the upper floor of the Kirby, which originally housed
offices. PCC is leading the campaign to raise $236,500 to bring the nearly
6,000 square feet of space up to code by providing an elevator, new stairs, and
updated restrooms to make the space usable.
Possible uses for the
renovated space include a large space for classes, meetings, and business
retreats as well as arts spaces, galleries, and studio spaces that could be
used by a visiting artist or resident artist.
The Person County TDA
gift follows an initial gift of $50,000 in matching funds pledged by Roxboro
PCC and Person County
are working together to develop the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex, partnering
with the Person County Recreation, Arts, and Parks Department and the Arts
Council of Person County.
PCC is currently
soliciting local groups and organizations as well as individuals for Kirby
Rebirth support. For more information, to make a donation, or to arrange for a
presentation, contact Elizabeth Townsend at Elizabeth.Townsend@piedmontcc.edu
or (336) 322-2102.