Citizen photo from Mary Hendershot
Kathy Mattea (center) shows a few chords to Sequoyah High School students.
|Published: 9:19 AM, 05/15/2013
||Last updated: 9:19 AM, 05/15/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
"Life beats down and crushes
the soul and the arts remind you that you have one." --Stella Adler
For 20 years, the sound of music has
filled the halls of the Barker Learning Center at Hiwassee College.
The building has played host to renowned performing artists,
children's theatre and even comedians. But without the Monroe Area
Council of the Arts, the music would fade.
In 1993, the late Barbara Arwood called
a meeting of the Lyceum Committee at Hiwassee College and the idea
for an arts council developed. Arwood, along with Jean Black and
Patsy Carson teamed up and began to make the idea reality.
Carson, 76, headed up fundraising and
"Fundraising is the most important
part of any non-profit," said Carson. "You can't thank people
enough for helping."
Black became the liaison with the
schools and the late Arwood handled grant writing.
"Every grant she ever wrote, we were
able to get," said Carson. "We each had our own role. We all
three took a leg of the stool and ran with it, trusting each other to
get it done."
Finding committees to help them along
the way, the group held meetings at the Presbyterian Church to
discuss ideas. Before long, they teamed up with Len Peterson, who was
instrumental in helping MACA obtain non-profit status in 1995.
"I don't think any of us could have
done it without the other three," said Carson.
See full story in the Wednesday, May 15, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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