Carnegie announces preservation capital campaign
The Carnegie of Covington announced this week what it calls its Preserving Northern Kentucky’s Cultural and Architectural Gem fundraising campaign.
The arts and culture center is the largest in the region, offering theater, educational programs and art exhibitions.
The building was constructed in 1904 as a library, one of many resulting from the philanthropy of late 19th and early 20th century industrialist Andrew Carnegie.
Covington’s is home to one of the five remaining Carnegie Auditoriums in the United States and has been a venue for entertainment and art since 1977.
The fundraising campaign was originally launched in fall 2019, led by co-chairs Otto M. Budig, Jr. and Sara Vance Waddell. He brought in $ 2 million of the organization’s $ 3.5 million goal.
“Carnegie’s role in the community and the region in general cannot be underestimated,” said Budig, who is also the former chairman of the Carnegie board. “A pillar of the arts, the Carnegie inspires the creativity to which many organizations aspire. A successful fundraising campaign ensures that this building will continue to spearhead diverse and culturally rich arts programming and education for citizens of all ages and backgrounds.
The Carnegie said it serves 80,000 people each year.
“I’m proud of how this organization has continued to innovate and lead the way in connecting with patrons, students and community members,” said Waddell. “Carnegie’s commitment to its surrounding community and the region as a whole makes the arts accessible and presents new ideas, concepts and experiences to educators, students, families and more.
“As things get back to normal, we are delighted to welcome customers back to enjoy the arts. Said Kim Best, executive director of Carnegie. “This campaign ensures that The Carnegie will continue to shine and serve for many generations to come.”
The new Preserving Northern Kentucky’s Cultural and Architectural Gem Campaign is served by Honorary Chairs Bill and Sue Butler, in addition to Budig and Waddell as Chairs.
A campaign website is online at http://www.thecarnegie.com/donate.php.