SLIB Board Approves Funding for WYO Performing Arts and Education Center in Sheridan

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In April, the State Loan and Investment Board approved $500,000 for preliminary work on the Hallmark Building at the corner of Main and Brundage Streets in Sheridan. At that time, the City of Sheridan had requested $2 million to renovate the Hallmark building and integrate it into the WYO Performing Arts and Education Center.

The SLIB Board Thursday approved a grant in the amount of $1.5 million that will help fund renovation of the Hallmark Building. The total cost of the project is $2.8 million.

In July, a committee comprised of representatives from the WYO Theater board, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Sheridan selected Dale Buckingham Architects to design the second phase of the project. The first phase involved construction of the Mars Black Box Theater, and renovation of the Perkins Building.

This next phase involves the renovation of the 113 year old Hallmark building and includes expansion of the WYO Theater front lobby and relocation of the box office, as well as repairs and enhancements to the building’s façade.

The project is part of an ongoing collaboration between the WYO Theater, Sheridan College, and the City to develop a premier venue for the performing arts in the community; and provide practical performance and educational opportunities to those studying theater and production.