TAMPA — Bank of America has awarded a $1 million grant to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
The funding, according to a news release, will go toward the venue’s new master plan, which calls for a $80 million architectural overhaul and expansion.
"Artistic and cultural centers are the beating heart of a thriving community, pumping energy, innovation and beauty into the routine of daily life," Bank of American Tampa Bay President Bill Goede states in the release. "Cultural centers in our neighborhood have helped to fuel an economic resurgence and improve the quality of life for Tampa Bay residents with new and inspiring experiences. With the bank's financial support, we are committed to preserving a state-of-the-art experience for future generations."
Bank of America, the release states, is a longtime benefactor of the Straz Center.
"Bank of America's grant supporting the planned expansion of the Straz Center continues the company's longstanding commitment to us and the Tampa Bay community," Straz Center President and CEO Judy Lisi states in the release. "We are grateful for Bank of America's generosity and partnership ensuring the Straz will meet the needs of a burgeoning audience and remain the destination for the best in entertainment from Broadway and beyond."