Fayette County

Foundation gives $1 million to Living Arts and Science Center

The Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington received a $1 million matching grant toward their soon to be announced $5 million capital campaign.

The gift was given by the Board of Directors of the W. Paul and Lucille Little Foundation and is the first major gift to the center's Imagine This campaign, which will start this fall.

The funds for the campaign will be used for renovations to the current building, the Kinkead House, which was built in 1847 and donated to the Living Arts and Science Center by the Kinkead family in 1981.

"The foundation's commitment to match $1 million of other funds raised presented an ideal opportunity for the community to join with them in supporting lasting and creative education for our children," Heather Lyons, executive director of the center, said in a release.

Plans for specific upgrades include a new classroom and exhibition building, as well as educational gardens and an amphitheatre.