Tonawanda News — Michael Zimmerman, of the LCDC, called Simpson “the driving force” behind the grant, project and “advocating for why it was needed.”
“It’s a project that we really think is going to help add to the culture amenities of this city, which is important to us,” he said.
Simpson said the city has conducted routine repairs and updates through smaller grants collected over the years, but since the Carnegie was transformed from a library to an art center in 1976, there has been nothing quite as far-reaching.
“This building has served North Tonawanda for more than a century, as the first public library and now as an art center,”she said. “Art is the essential foundation to cultural vibrancy and quality of life for everyone and with the accessibility created through these funds, the Carnegie Art Center can welcome everyone. Art belongs to all of us.”