Art Commission to spend Bonnaroo grant money

Plan is to improve safety at the arts center  Jeff Steers, editor   Members of the Manchester Art Commission will spend part of their grant money from the Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival for safety improvements.

Board members agreed on a number of improvements to the Manchester Art Center during their monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 4. Money will be used to put panic bars on the front door, replace the back door and add panic bars, improve the security system and purchase first aid kits at the Manchester Art Center, 128 E. Main, Manchester. The commission has $9,500 from the Bonnaroo grant and expects to spend less than $3,000 on the items. The grant is for safety improvements for the center. Lighting improvements are also expected in the front and the back of the center. Dancing with the stars announced  Participants for the Dancing with the Coffee County Stars were announced at the meeting. The annual event is a fundraiser for the center and will be held Saturday, April 7 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m. and dancing will start at approximately 7 p.m. The dancers this year are: Rebecca French and Taylor Rayfield; Jacob and Cynthia Gray; Emily and Gregg Howes; Steven and Alisha McInturff; Doug and Angie Yurcik; Landon and Rachel Spangler; Jaime Treadwell and Chris Hare; and Steve West and Ginger Newman. Master of ceremony will be Jim Shemwell, with Jason Gross providing music, and Ken Uselton as the photographer. The 2018 season at the Manchester Art Center will kick off Friday with the Teen Actors Guild production of “Arsenic & Old Lace.” Show dates are Jan. 12-14 and 19-21. For tickets call 931-570-4489 or order online at

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