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Riley Foundation donates $4M to Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center


MERIDIAN, Mississippi — The Meridian-based Riley Foundation is contributing $4 million for construction of a building to house the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center.

Clay Holladay, an arts center board member, says the contribution brings fundraising efforts a little more than halfway toward the goal of $45 million.

The 58,500-square-foot center is scheduled to open in 2017 — the same year Mississippi will celebrate its bicentennial.

The project has been in the works for more than a decade. Meridian was chosen several years ago to be the home of the museum.

The building will have exhibition space, a Hall of Fame and a Walk of Fame, a gift shop, broadcast studio, art studio, multi-purpose room, outdoor stage and a courtyard which can also be used for programs.

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