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City to apply for $2 million state grant for WYO Theater expansion

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The WYO Theater is what it is today because of strong partnerships with Sheridan's leadership, Executive Director Erin Butler told the Sheridan City Council Monday. "You have been so generous to us, and the reason the WYO Theater exists is because of the City of Sheridan," Butler said. "Thank you so much for your support. It has helped us grow into something that I am very proud of." The City voted unanimously Monday to apply for a $2 million Downtown Development Grant from the Wyoming Business Council for renovations of the Hallmark building, which was donated by the Whitney Foundation to the city for the planned WYO Performing Arts and Education Center. [image: Inline image 1] This project is a continuation of the expansion of the WYO Theater that began with the 2011 Perkins Building reconstruction, according to the City. The project envisions the creation of a premier space for programming and education in the performing arts in Sheridan. The total grant eligible costs of Phase Two of the project are $2,696,814, of which $2 million would come from the grant. The Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority has already committed $200,000 to the project, and an additional $161,814 would come from private fundraising, according to the City. The Northern Wyoming Community College District would make an in kind contribution of the building and property valued at $335,000, by deeding them to the City as part of the project. *Performers practice for the 2015 Gala performance at the WYO. /