Grants Help Make NTA Beautiful Again

By Sheryl Brown
NTA President

Some of you may recall my announcement earlier this year that the Theatre had received a $10,000 grant from Union Pacific Foundation to repair the front awning, which was extremely deteriorated. That was great news. But with all the additional repairs needed to the facade, I knew securing another grant was necessary.

I’m pleased to report we recently received word that our grant application to the City of Navasota’s Economic Development Corporation was approved at nearly $20,000. This grant is a percentage matching grant and we couldn’t have done it without Union Pacific Foundation’s initial award.

The total project includes power washing, fresh paint with updated colors, upper canopy cleaning, rebuilding the lower awning roof with materials appropriate for the pitch, replacing mortar as necessary, replacing the failing heat and air unit and relocating it to the roof, a lot of other little details, and a new high resolution LED sign with changeable graphics capability. With the new sign, we can regularly change the message so our patrons and the public will be more aware of performance dates and other events and happenings at the Theatre. Plus, and very important, we will no longer have to climb on an awning to hang vinyl banners onto a rusting sign board.

We are very proud to help facilitate the City’s goal to beautify our downtown area. I hope it will encourage other businesses to beautify their buildings so we can all work together to attract more visitors to discover the charm of Navasota.

The beautification work will be complete before Thanksgiving with sign installation expected early January 2017. When you join us at the Theatre to enjoy The Mousetrap, you can see the changes first-hand.