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Let's Visit Virginia: Lyric Center for the Arts

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"I think it's got a broader range than just Virginia...The primary economic impact is going to be downtown Virginia.  When we have the whole faciltiy up and running, it's going to be several million dollars of economic impact annually with ticket sales and artwork sales and workshops and everybody that comes to those things will stop and eat or stop in on some of the small stores in town, get gas...that money will all be in Virginia or the quad-cities area." - Mary McReynolds on the impact the renovated Lyric Center for the Arts will have on Virginia, MN and the surrounding area. 

Mary McReynolds is the Executive Director of Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia.  In this segment of Let's Visit, she tells us all about the Lyric Center, its past life as an opera house and the plans for the future to breathe life back into it and create more venues for theater and arts experiences in Virginia! 

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.