Lyric Center for the Arts needs help

Unfortunately, this is the first of a couple “save this Iron Range arts and/or culture institution” posts I’ll be dropping this week. The Lyric Center for the Arts is the group restoring the old Lyric Opera House in downtown Virginia, Minnesota. They’ve opened the First Stage performing hall, where music, literary and visual arts events have been held for a couple years. The Lyric Center is one of a small number of groups working year-round to show that the Range isn’t just mining and outdoor recreation, but has boasted an active arts community for more than a century.

Over the weekend, the e-mail below was sent. Check them out. If you’re able, help them fill their relatively modest funding gap for the rest of this year.

Hello Friends of the Lyric Center,

With the recent downturn in the economy we find that we are falling $4,000 short of funds needed for 2010 operating expenses at the Lyric Center. This is a ‘first’ for LACA. We’re asking for your help today to pay utilities, insurance, staff and other expenses through the end of the year. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today. If you would like more information about the Lyric Center before making a donation decision, click HERE and watch our video. We know you will see what an asset the Lyric Center is to the Quad Cities community and want to contribute your support at whatever level you can.

Razoo is an quick and secure way to donate via the web. To donate on-line go to

If you prefer, you can mail a check to us at PO Box 416, Virginia, MN 55792.
Thank you for your donation!

Mary McReynolds
President, Board of Director

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