Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro in search of founding board of directors

August 20, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The steering committee of the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro is seeking individuals interested in joining the new organization’s founding board of directors.

Since March 2012, this group of volunteers has held meetings with consultant John Divine (funded by the PA Council for the Arts) and met bi-monthly through June to develop a statement of purpose, a board job description and an application for board or committee position, according to a news release from the organization.

In addition, they hosted a public forum at Waynesboro Middle School and an inaugural Artists After Hours event at Christine’s Café in downtown Waynesboro.

The goal of the Arts Alliance is to bring together area artists, musicians, arts organizations, businesses, government and arts lovers to foster better communication and cooperation in support of the arts, according to the release.

It is the group’s belief that a strong arts community is key to an improved quality of life and vibrant economic development, the release stated.

Over the next 12 to 15 months, the group hopes to:

  • Recruit an effectively functioning board of directors;
  • Introduce a web/social media presence;
  • Create a PR/marketing strategy;
  • Offer regular Artists After Hours events;
  • Celebrate area artists and their works;
  • Bring together arts organizations to share information and ideas and encouraging new arts organizations to locate in Waynesboro;
  • Facilitate partnerships within the community.

The six members of the steering committee — Pat Fleagle, Paul Gunder, Deb Hollen, Dudley Keller, Cindy Smith and Andrew Sussman — have agreed to serve on the board for a minimum of one year to ensure continuity, according to the release.

New board members will be asked to serve in staggered terms so that Arts Alliance will maintain continuity in its leadership. As the organization evolves, the group’s board may adopt or refine its initial vision or adopt one of its own.

“We are encouraged by the enthusiasm the community has demonstrated for this project,” Sussman said in the release. “As we solicit interest in joining the initial board, it is important to note that we may not be able to accommodate everyone who is interested in serving on this founding board.” 

“Our goal is to have a board that represents the diversity of our community and the artists who live and work here. We believe that this is a wonderful opportunity to do something good for our community and have fun doing it,” Sussman said in the release.

After reviewing these materials, anyone who wishes to be considered for board membership or would like to be involved should submit the application to Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. by Sept. 10.

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