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PICKENS — Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music (POSAM) will receive a $25,000 Our Town grant to help plan/design a remodeled auditorium at the Hagood Community Center. Programming in Traditional Arts and Music will also be funded.

“The $25,000 grant money received from the National Endowment for the Arts will help the Senior Center of Pickens (also known as Hagood Community Center) realize our dream of restoring the old auditorium of the former Pickens Mill Elementary School (built in 1929),” said Betty McDaniel, executive director of POSAM and Senior Center of Pickens board member.

“With this money the Center can become a cultural space that will play a central role in keeping alive the traditional arts and culture of our community,” she added.

In all, 66 Our Town grants totally $5.073 million were awarded to programs in 38 states. This is the fourth year of Our Town funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since Our Town’s inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 256 Our Town grants totaling more than $21 million in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

To support “Keeping Our Traditions Alive” POSAM, the City of Pickens, Hagood Community Center/Senior Center of Pickens and its partners want to develop a traditional arts and crafts center at the current Hagood Community Center in Pickens.

The project would help design the renovations for the existing auditorium and plan workshops, concerts, activities that would take place at the Center and promote the engagement of the community of Pickens in traditional arts.

“POSAM/City of Pickens demonstrate the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community,” said Jane Chu, chair of the NEA. “Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike.”

Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music Inc. is a charitable non-profit organization that supports Young Appalachian Musicians. Visit www.YAMupstate.com, call 864-878-4257 or e-mail mcdanibw@bellsouth.net for more information.

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