PITTSBURG — Colonial Fox Theater Foundation is working to bring art, culture, vibrance and engagement to downtown Pittsburg.

These are a few examples why Westar Energy Operations Manager R.J. Jubber said Westar gave the foundation a grant for $10,000 on Friday.  

“At Westar, we support our communities and causes that lead to vibrant and engaged communities,” Jubber said. “The Colonial Fox Theater Foundation is one such foundation in Pittsburg that is dedicated to seeing a vibrant arts culture, specifically downtown Pittsburg.”

Westar Energy is an energy provider which serves 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. The donation is a community grant which the Westar Energy Foundation gives to nonprofit organizations.

This fall — in conjunction with Pittsburg State University’s Block22 move in day — the Colonial Fox Theater Foundation will help organize a “block party” called Back to Broadway in collaboration with PSU.

The donation from Westar will be used to help fund the event which is to welcome and introduce students to the newly revitalized downtown Pittsburg, Executive Director of CFTF Vonnie Corsini said.

“The fact that Westar has confidence in the Colonial Fox to organize this celebration means a lot to us,” she said.  

The Colonial Fox Theater Foundation, founded in 2006, has worked to renovate the historic theater. The CFTF, a 501(c) 3 organization, received donations from the community over the years to help make that happen.

With almost 100 students moving downtown, Corsini said the grant is an opportunity to show the students the foundation’s efforts along with introducing them to local arts and culture.

For example, the students will be introduced to the live music and other entertainment which the theater hosts.

The Back to Broadway event will be on August 18. There will be a vendor fair, live music, a beer garden and more. Details will be released at a later date.

People interested in participating in the event — setting up a vendor booth, providing food and other amenities — can contact the Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.