The legendary Apollo Theater, built in 1914, is located in New York City’ Harlem community and is one of the most famous entertainment venues in the country. Now it has been selected to take part in the 2012 “Partners in Preservation” $200K grant program.
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The iconic theater is one of 40 participating New York City organizations. If it is awarded funding, the Apollo will utilize it to restore the ornate architectural artwork in the building’s main theater. There is only one thing that is keeping the historic landmark from winning the competition and that is YOU!
The contest, sponsored by American Express, along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will run for a month and organizers of the event are urging the public to cast their votes for local historic projects that they would like to see receive grant funding. Those who want to rally round the renowned musical home that has hosted such greats as Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin and Count Basie, please cast your vote now! You are only allotted one vote per day until May 21.
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Fans of the Apollo can also share their favorite memories of the theater and post photos on the Partners in Preservation Facebook page throughout the competition.
“We are thrilled to have been selected to participate in the Partners in Preservation program, a wonderful initiative that helps safeguard national treasures like the Apollo Theater,” said Apollo President and CEO Jonelle Procope in a press release. “We encourage our fans in the neighborhood and around the world to support the Apollo by casting their votes for the Theater.”
Winners of the popular vote will be announced on May 22, 2012. For more information about the program or to cast your vote for the Apollo Theater, go to: http://www.partnersinpreservation.org/.