Arts Center kicks off fundraising drive

Submitted photo The new board of directors at The Arts Center.

ELKINS — On July 10, The Arts Center inaugurated its first major fundraising campaign in several years.

The goal of the campaign is to provide funding for the Center’s various arts education programs for children, the promotion of the arts in our region, and upkeep on the 90 year-old structure that was the former St. Brendan’s Church.

With a new board of directors, which now includes Maryjane Kiley, Denise Wallace, Scott Goddard, incoming president Mile Kerns and new Treasurer Rob Nestor, The Arts Center starts a new fiscal year this month.

“This campaign is the largest undertaking we have started since I’ve been here (over six years), and our Board of Directors is excited and energized to make it happen,” said The Arts Center’s executive director, Kurt Barkley.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $102,000 over the next 12 months. These funds will go toward Arts Center outreach programming, upkeep on the main building as well as the 1 Park Street Studio pottery and stained glass studios, and children’s events.

This year’s full board of directors includes: president Mike Kerns, vice president Judy Van Gundy, secretary Mary Smakula, treasurer Rob Nestor, Dottie Wamsley, Noodie Runner, Scott Goddard, Denise Wallace, Doreen Hall, Molly Propst, Michael Doig, Tom Derbyshire and Women’s Club chair Maryjane Kiley.

For additional information contact the RCCAC, 304-637-2355, or visit our website at www.randolpharts.org.

The Randolph County Community Arts center is committed to the accommodation of all persons with disabilities. Specially-designated parking spaces are conveniently located behind the office, facing Elkins City Park.