Missouri Theatre Center may get federal funding

The Senate has yet to approve a bill that would give $500,000 to the theater.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:25 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts is poised to add another $500,000 toward its fundraising goal of about $6.7 million for renovation and expansion. The half-million in federal funds, announced by U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., is part of the Senate Interior spending bill.

“This continues our fast downhill slide toward home,” said executive director David White. “This puts us under $800,000 to go.”

The bill still needs full Senate approval and reconciliation with a House version of the bill.

“We should know by the end of summer or early fall whether the funds are there for sure,” said Bond communications director Shana Marchio.

In the meantime, other fundraising campaigns continue. So far, the “Take Your Seat” campaign has raised $327,915 and sold 560 of the possible 1,187 seats available for sponsorship. The “Where’s David?” campaign, in which White was going door to door through the neighborhoods of Columbia to raise $500,000 for the theater, was cut short when he fractured his shin bone. White’s walking cast was taken off Monday.

“I feel a bit naked without it,” he said a few hours after the fact.

He said his 9-year-old daughter, Jazz, is wearing it around now and “thinks it’s pretty cool,” he said.

White said he will rest up for the remainder of the summer and has no plans to revive the walking campaign, although people can still contribute to it if they wish. He said his next major project is planning for the August relocation from the theater on South Ninth Street to renovated office space under Kayotea Tea Room and Bistro in the 900 block of East Broadway.

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