By Stacey Carmany
Recent improvements to the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts were unveiled during a grand reopening reception on July 12.
Improvements included the installation of new LED lighting throughout the center as well as a new heating and cooling system to will keep the entire facility at a comfortable and consistent temperature year-round.
The bulk of the project, however, focused on renovating the second floor of the facility to house additional studio space and a gallery area that can be utilized by local artists to host shows.
A permanent gallery was also constructed on the second floor to display some of the center’s more valuable pieces.
Other aspects of the project included upgrades to the first-floor restrooms as well as the construction of a new parking lot at the side of the building.
The project was funded with a $500,000 cultural arts grant from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and marked the completion of the last of three phases of improvements identified in a 2012 feasibility study commissioned by the late Dale Foland.