Put the arts in the Federal Building and it will draw people and their dollars downtown.
That was the message of those who spoke Tuesday at a public hearing for a $250,000 Renaissance Kentucky grant application that would be used to renovate the building into a community arts center.
More than 60 people attended the hearing and all were in favor of the center. A decision on the grant is expected before Gov. Paul Patton leaves office on Dec. 31, said Julie Wagner, local Renaissance Kentucky manager.
"Sports have stadiums and we have Millennium Park for people to get outside, but there has never been anything outside Centre's campus that says the arts are important," said Dana Dixon, a graphic artist.