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by DAVE McMILLION | May 1, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A record level of funding - $1.4 million - was raised by United Way of the Eastern Panhandle Inc. in 2006 and officials with the organization say they are able to leverage more money for the cause now that all three Eastern Panhandle counties have merged into one United Way organization. Before last year, Berkeley and Morgan counties were served by one United Way organization and Jefferson County had its own United Way, officials said Monday. In 2006, the two organizations merged to form United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc. Combining the two organizations allows for a larger staff that can raise larger amounts of money, said Jan Callen, executive director of the merged United Way. The latest fundraising figures for the organization were announced during a press conference Monday afternoon at the downtown Bank of Charles Town.
July 14, 2009
In May, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown held its annual benefactors reception. The event was to thank museum donors who contributed to the museum during the past year. The theme of this year's event was "Children's Art Education" and focused on the museum's school for the arts, offering classes year-round for adults and those ages 2 and older. To get the art students involved, the museum offered a contest. The winning artwork, selected by the museum's board of trustees, became the artwork on the invitation to the event.
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 2, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Leaders of a Berkeley County organization formed to support regional artists, public awareness of the arts and related causes for young people have voted to donate the group's financial assets to The Arts Centre in Martinsburg, Arts Centre Program Director Shelley Aikens announced Thursday. The Evans Run Art Association was founded in 1975 and was led for many years by Nancy J. Rodig, who died in June 2003, at the age of 76. Rodig named the organization in 1975 after the stream that flowed near her home off Evans Run Drive in the Pike View Acres subdivision south of Martinsburg, officials said.
June 10, 2013
Students from Smithsburg Middle School were inducted into the inaugural Junior Art Honor Society in March.   The honor society provides students in grades six through nine with recognition for outstanding ability and interest in art. The program engages students' artistic expression in middle and high school, and encourages their application to and participation in the National Art Honor Society.  The National Art Education Association launched...
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | August 24, 2008
When she became the director of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Rebecca Massie Lane said it was as though she were handed a gem - one that she wants everyone to see shine. Lane officially began her duties Aug. 1 as the director of Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. As director, Lane is in charge of managing the museum's day-to-day operations and giving the museum a sense of direction, said board member William G. Plavcan, who was board president during the hiring process.
November 19, 2005
Head-Distad Dr. Jeffrey and Kimberly Head of Thurmont, Md., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Lauren Head, to Bradley Distad, son of Ed and Bonnie Distad of Hagerstown. Miss Head is a 1999 graduate of Catoctin High School, received a bachelor's degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is pursuing a master's degree in art education at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. She is employed as an art teacher at Northern Middle School in Hagerstown.
by DAVE McMILLION | September 29, 2005 SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The public got a glimpse Wednesday of a "rich and powerful" Center for Contemporary Arts which is slated to be built on the west campus of Shepherd University. Shepherd wants to build a new arts center for many reasons. First, the school is running out of room for its arts programs and some of them are being operated out of buildings other than the Frank Center, said Rhonda Smith, coordinator of the university's printing program.
by DAVE McMILLION | December 12, 2005
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. Caroline Cardwell, the new executive director of Shepherdstown Day Care Center, has plenty to consider as she begins her tenure. The local day care center along River Road is a popular facility and there are waiting lists for all ages. To help the center deal with growth, a new wing is being constructed that will give the center two more infant classrooms, two additional 2-year-old classrooms, a resource center and other facilities, Cardwell said.
May 10, 2010
The Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. announced and presented grants awards of nearly $48,000 to local nonprofits. The Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund is an endowment for promoting preservation, fine arts and history in Washington County. The fund was established by the trustees of the Mary K. Bowman Fine Arts and Historical Trust when they decided to dissolve the trust and turn the assets over to the Community Foundation.
July 7, 2013
The Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund advisory committee recently received 17 applications requesting nearly $117,000 in funding.  At a ceremony hosted June 4 by Hagerstown Aviation Museum, the following awards were made: Fort Ritchie Community Center, heritage arts summer camp, $1,000; performing arts summer camp, $1,500 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, youth art education program, $10,000 Washington County Free Library,...
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