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William King Museum of Art receives $500,000 grant to fund studio

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Appalachian Regional Commission is supporting The William King Museum of Art funding a $500,000 grant for the development of its New Center for Studio Art & Education.

According to a news release, The William King Museum has been granted a fund from Appalachian Regional Commission for the renovation of the former Washington County administrative office building located next to the Abingdon museum.

In line with the museum’s vision to provide more facilities for local artists, the new facility will feature blacksmithing, glass blowing, pottery, sculpture and woodworking facilities on the first floor, followed by more studios for multimedia artists, house illustrators and painters on the second floor.  The new centre will also house a digital craft lab and additional classroom space.

Vision and Mission

The William King Museum of Art’s mission is to exhibit cultural heritage, fine art and provide arts education for all residents of Southwest Virginia and Northwest Tennessee as well as visitors to the area. The non-profit art museum was founded in 1992 and runs outreach and educational programmes as well as regularly changing exhibit content.  The WKMA’s strap line is ‘never the same museum’.

The museum has also received an additional $250,000 from the Educational Foundation of America and various other private donors through the museum’s Masterwork in Progress campaign.

This new development is part of the museum’s cultural campus expansion project, which includes adding an east entrance to improve parking and accessibility.

Image Credit: William King Museum of Art

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