Westover Center board meets to discuss projects

Westover Center board meets to discuss projects

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 8:02 pm

The Westover Center for the Arts board of directors met recently.
President Marti Doss presented a report updating the members on what has been done and is planned for the center. She noted that the 2010 Winter Bazaar held at the former K-T building netted $1,619 in proceeds. The board agreed that the bazaar should again be offered and plans were agreed to do so in the first week of November.
Former president Emily Elliston noted so far the Westover Center had received grants of $25,000 in 2006 and $20,000 in 2007 from the Tennessee Historical Commission and that with local match money and in-kind contributions, labor and materials valued in excess of $75,000 had been committed to improving the center. This work is being funded in part with funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior and the Tennessee Historical Commission. With these funds, works that have been completed or are in the progress of being completed are a new roof and gutters, restored restrooms and other high priority interior improvements.
The center has also been awarded a third matching grant of $17,000 by the Historical Commission to be used for electrical work, interior work attic insulation and a rubber roof on the back portion of the building. A 40 percent match of $11,333 is required for this grant.
Other interior improvements are planned as funds become available. Mrs. Doss noted items needed for the interior include doorframes and doors that are similar to ones found in a building such as Westover. Another needed item is paint.
In their discussion of the planned bazaar, the board members agreed on what types of artists works would be included and how to make contact with such people. It was also agreed that one of the goals of the center is to have a place where local artists can work on their projects. The board also decided to establish a local artisan guild to promote the arts.
Mrs. Doss expressed appreciation of the board for those who participated in the bazaar as artists or customers and stated the one for 2011 will be even better than the last one. She said while the final completion of the Westover Center restoration has not advanced as fast as was hoped, the board was active and was constantly seeking funds and assistance in its efforts.
She noted the Westover Center organization is open to anyone who would like to pay the annual membership dues. Single membership dues are $30 a year, with several higher membership categories available depending on the amount of the annual fee. Those who wish to join the organization can send their check to Westover Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 623, Union City, TN 38281.
Questions, including those about membership categories, possible bazaar participation and in-kind contributions, should be directed to Mrs. Doss at 885-6774 or to Jan Rankin at 885-3131.

Published in The Messenger 3.15.11

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