The Madera County Arts Council received a $2.55 million donation at its 30th anniversary celebration Saturday night, the money to be used for development and construction of an arts center.
Such a center has been a longtime dream for the city and county, said the Arts Council Board treasurer, Superior Court Judge Charles Wieland.
In the 1970s, he told the audience of some 300, the state provided money to build an arts center — but it wasn’t quite the arts center people imagined it would be.
“We are in it,” he said, raising his arms to indicate Hatfield Hall, where the celebratory dinner was being held. Laughter followed...