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Major Money And Big Plans For Lemoyne Arts

Picture of a red and white building on a tree-lined street with a white car in front
Tom Flanigan
Lemoyne's present headquarters/gallery building (on the left) and to the right of it, the intended art classroom property.

A large private donation will remake the sculpture garden, while Community Redevelopment Funding will support the acquisition of an adjacent property for art classrooms.

Fresh off of this past weekend's successful Chain of Parks Festival, there's more good news for Tallahassee's Lemoyne Arts. It comes from retired Florida State University Professors Charles and Persis Rockwood. Lemoyne Interim Director Kelly Dozier said the Rockwood donation totals $100,000.

"Dr. Rockwood has decided to support our 'Art for Always' project at Lemoyne and he specifically wants to see our gardens improved. The stormwater in the back and the access to our sculptures back there."

The gift was made in honor of FSU faculty member, sculptor and Lemoyne supporter Fred Holschuh and his wife Neela.

Dozier explained the next big step for Lemoyne is buying the property next door and filling it with art classrooms.

"We will be receiving a million dollars from the CRA. That grant we applied for in 2018 and that will help us purchase the building."

That's all good news for Lemoyne as it rebounds from a year of near-inactivity at the hands of the pandemic.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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