Residents Match Artitorium Challenge

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Updated: 9/09/2013 1:59 pm
        As many of us know, being a parent can be difficult, especially when it comes time to figure out fun activities to do with your kids while at the same time making it an educational experience….well now residents in the Idaho Falls area have one more thing to add on to the list…that is the Artitorium.

Not only that; but residents and businesses in Idaho Falls have already matched the $241,000 challenge.

In May; the Idaho Falls Arts Council received an anonymous donation worth half of what it would cost to build the Artitorium.

The challenge was then given to Idaho Falls residents and businesses to match that by September 30th.

Although we haven’t reached that date, the challenge has already been matched.
“We couldn’t be more overjoyed, in not only the speed in which we’ve been able to reach that goal but just that we’re now being able to see something that’s been in the works with us for about 5 years come to fruition” said Arts Council Executive Director Brandi Newton.

The Artitorium renovations will cost a total of $1.53 Million.

The anonymous phantoms have come forward to reveal their identity…those people include Ralph and Mary Lynn Hartwell, Jerry and Carrie Scheid, Tracy and Eric Hoart, US Bank, Virginia Willard, Park and Sharon Price and the Leland D. Beckman Foundation.

“Now it turns to, ok now we get to do it, and all those dreams that everyone’s had for so many years within our organization and people outside of it to make it happen, and we’re excited about it, we’ve started on the façade already” continued Newton.

Construction on the Artitorium will begin by mid-October, the entire project is said to be finished by summer of 2014.

Although the challenge has been met, the arts council says they will continue to accept donations through the end of the month.

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