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Three Significant Grants Awarded by the Juneau Community Foundation Capital Fund

Juneau Community Foundation Executive Director, Amu Skilbred

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Officials from the Juneau Community Foundation spoke about three major grants recently made from its capital fund, aimed at improving the capital and adjacent areas, while being guests on Action Line.

Executive Director Amy Skilbred said a grant in the amount of $1.25 million was used to purchase the Assembly Building at 4th and Seward Streets, which was then turned over to the Alaska State Legislature.

She said the building will be renovated once the legislature decides on the best use of the facility. Skilbred said at this point it looks like some of the offices scattered in spaces for which rent is being paid will be moved there. In addition, part of the space can be used for legislative accommodation.

Another grant in the amount of $550,000 was awarded to the city and borough to improve Capitol Park, adjacent to the Legislative Affairs Building. She said it is a project of around two million dollars which should be completed in August next year.

The most recent grant of $155,000 was used to purchase ten paintings by Eustache Paul Ziegler, Sydney Mortimer Laurence, Nine Crumrine that were once part of the Baranof Hotel collection. Skilbred said the paintings are now part of the collection of the Alaska State Legislature and will be displayed at the Capitol and other buildings in the Capitol complex.

She explained that some of the paintings need to be refurbished before being displayed because they were damaged in the Baranof Hotel fire in 1984.

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