HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) recently visited with members of Pennsylvania Theatre of the Performing Arts (PTPA) in Hazleton, where a state grant she helped to secure will fund renovations to the organization’s J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center.
In July, PTPA was awarded a Local Share Account (LSA) grant in the amount of $244,176 that was also supported by Sen. John Yudichak (I-14). Hazleton’s grant applications were submitted following their approval by city council.
“The arts play a critical role in the cultural health of any thriving community, and we are fortunate PTPA is dedicated to doing just that in the greater Hazleton area,” Toohil said. “I was happy to advocate on behalf of PTPA’s grant application to ensure they have a first-rate facility to continue their mission of enriching our lives through their excellent local productions.”
The funding will go toward repairing the center’s water-damaged ceilings, replacing worn carpeting and flooring, and painting the building’s interior and exterior. In addition, new seating, curtains and signage are to be installed, and the lobby and bathrooms will be made ADA-compliant.
“This grant allocation will allow the PTPA to refurbish our community theatre with much-needed façade and interior upgrades so we may continue to help support the broader Hazleton revitalization efforts and ensure the sustainability of the PTPA and local community theatre,” said Adam Randis, PTPA board president and general manager.
LSA grants are derived from gaming revenues and are to be used for projects that improve the quality of life of citizens in the community.
“We were honored to have been chosen for this grant and want to especially thank state Rep. Tarah Toohil for her continuous personal and public support for the PTPA and our wider community,” Randis added.
The J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center is located at 212 W. Broad St.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
The attached photo includes (L-R) Randis; Jane Dougherty, PTPA board member; Toohil; and Chris Pavlick, PTPA featured performer. Missing from photo: Yudichak.