Athena’s Gem hopes to sparkle | Arts | – Walla Walla Union

What began as a project for children and something they could use later, has become a model for other buildings and cities.

And although Athena’s Gem Theatre project manager and treasurer Rob McIntyre said the now 14-year-long project is nearing completion, it still needs at least several months of volunteer work and $220,000 in donations or grants. At least that’s his hope.

“It’s a moving target,” he said of finishing and the project cost, which seems to be continually out of reach. 

Athena’s Gem, Inc., is the nonprofit organization, founded in 2005, overseeing the restoration of the 12,000-square-foot Athena more at

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