June 11, 2010
Wenatchee Valley College President Jim Richardson’s dream of establishing a new Center for Music and Arts is closer to becoming a reality with the launch of a major fundraising effort. Richardson and several community leaders gathered Wednesday at the college for a news conference to announce plans for the new 30-thousand square foot facility. It was Richardson’s dream when he was hired five years ago. Five years later over 5.8 million dollars has been raised through various public and private contributions including a 2-million dollar state matching grant. The College is now ready to embark on a local drive to collect 800-thousand dollars to complete the process. The project also involved Wenatchee School District’s offer to trade its Westside High School property for the old Eagles Lodge which currently houses the College music and arts program. The College hopes to start construction on the new Music and Arts Center at this time next year, if the necessary matching funds can be raised by that time. The sprawling new facility will be located on the eastside of the campus fronting the Historic Wells House.