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McMahon Foundation grant to fund remodel of interior of Art Center

An unassuming tan building sits at the corner of Northwest 17th and Northwest Ferris in central Lawton.

The facade displays a marquee inviting you to enter The Art Center. The building, once a firehouse, now plays host to the Lawton-Fort Sill Art Council.

Step inside and you enter a world of arts and culture. Unfortunately, time was beginning to take its toll on the building. The roof had started to leak, and many of the original windows had fallen out. Thanks to a recent grant of $12,608, the Art Center is being revitalized.

The McMahon Foundation granted LFSAC the money for building improvements, something Desirae Schneider, president of LFSAC, believes was desperately needed. 

"This is going to be a huge improvement," Schneider said.

Work to be done

The grant is being used for a serious interior overhaul of the old building. The building is getting new gallery lighting, all new electrical wiring, new ceiling fans, redone floors and new interior paint schemes. The renovations also include fixing the water leaks and replacing the last of the old windows with brand new ones.

Schneider says that the building is more than just an art center. The building's classroom often hosts classes for children.

 While the current renovations are strictly interior, Schneider hopes that the council can secure another grant in the future for exterior renovations as well.

The renovations are being conducted by Darry and Terry Shaw, two local contractors that Schneider places a great deal of faith in.

"They know what the council wants to represent," Schneider said. "We wanted it to be bold, beautiful and elegant."

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