ASU Three Rivers Receives National Grant Funding for Historic Ritz Theatre Restoration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 21, 2020

Contact: Amber Childers, Associate Vice Chancellor for College Advancement

501-332-0234, amber [at] coto.edu ()

 

National Trust for Historic Preservation Awards Arkansas State University Three Rivers A Preservation Grant Towards Restoration of the Historic Ritz Theatre

 

Malvern, Arkansas—Arkansas State University Three Rivers was recently awarded a $5000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. These grant funds will be used to produce a plan for the restoration and renovation of the Historic Ritz Theatre in Downtown Malvern.

 

ASU Three Rivers plans to renovate the theatre to function as a community performing arts facility.  The College will be able to hold campus events in the location as well as make it available for community use. 

 

"Organizations like Arkansas State University Three Rivers help to ensure that communities all across America retain their unique sense of place," said Paul Edmondson, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "We are honored to provide a grant to ASU Three Rivers, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage."

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund range from $2,500 to $5,000 and have provided over $15 million since 2003. These matching grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the country to support wide-ranging activities including consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources, and the development of materials for education and outreach campaigns.

For more information on National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Fund grants, visit Forum.SavingPlaces.org/funding.

About Arkansas State University Three Rivers

Arkansas State University Three Rivers is a state supported comprehensive two-year college in Malvern, Arkansas that brings high-quality academic and technical programs, continuing education, high school career center, workforce training, adult programs, concurrent enrollment, plus much more to the region. The College’s transfer programs allow students to, conveniently and affordably, complete their first two years of a bachelor’s degree.

In February, the College Board decided to align the College with the ASU System, changing its name from College of the Ouachitas to Arkansas State University Three Rivers, effective January 1, 2020. Follow us on all platforms @ASUThreeRivers.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is committed to protecting America’s rich cultural legacy and helping build vibrant, sustainable communities that reflect our nation’s diversity. Follow us on Twitter @savingplaces.

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