KINGMAN - The Kingman Center for the Arts continues working to renovate and rejuvenate the Beale St. Theater in downtown Kingman.

During a Jan. 15 presentation, Kristina Mickelson told city council members that Axiom Construction has been busy inside the building located on the corner of 3rd and Beale.

“We are working to pull all of the walls and everything off inside so that we can open everything up and see what’s there,” Mickelson said. “We’ll bring in an architect and the subcontractors and everyone and come up with the design.”

Mickelson said future progress will be a byproduct of revenue generation.

“We have the funds to get us through the design phase but from there we are needing more money so we are pursuing private donations, business donations and other community investment grant money,” she said. “We would appreciate it if you become aware of any funding streams.”

Council members offered some suggestions regarding possible grant application opportunities. City manager Ron Foggin noted that funding for the arts has been dwindling over time and that most awards typically go to projects in larger cities.

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