A $100,000 pledge from Citizens Bank & Trust Co. has pushed the Center for Art and Education over the $1 million mark in its fund-raising effort for an art education and gallery facility in downtown Van Buren.
Keith Hefner, president and CEO of Citizens, said he is proud of the bank’s support of CAE’s Imagine Capital Campaign.
“Helping the Center for Art and Education move to the Van Buren historic Main Street location will have an economic impact on the entire region,” Hefner said. “Not only does it further current efforts to revitalize commerce in Historic Downtown, it will allow the art center to create new art programs that will positively influence the quality of life for the entire community.”
CAE’s campaign to raise $5.4 million will be used to renovate a new location in the 400 block of Main Street, according to Jane Owen, executive director.
To help in this effort, the art center will receive $2 million from a Windgate Challenge Grant once a matching $2 million is raised through donations received by 2018.
Owen said Citizens’ pledge is an amazing gift and demonstrates the commitment to the community that Citizens Bank has demonstrated throughout the years.
“Citizens Bank & Trust continues to be a valued partner in promoting artistic experiences which reflects our ongoing focus on providing art education and exhibiting artistic works impacting thousands of lives each year,” Owen said.
Citizens Bank worked with Ted and Ethel Ashley, Doris Echols and Ben and Carolyn Holmes to purchase the former St. Michael’s Catholic Church at 104 N. 13th St. in Van Buren which has housed the center since 1979.
“They have always been there to work with us and our donors to provide any maintenance or upgrades to the facility,” Owen said. “The art center has always been supported by businesses like Citizens Bank & Trust and we are overwhelmed by this gift.”
To celebrate raising the first $1 million of CAE’s Imagine Capital Campaign, the art center will host a kick-off party and 5K glow run in the 400 block of Van Buren’s Main Street on Saturday, June 10, beginning at 5 p.m.
“We want to encourage the community to help meet the Imagine Capital Campaign fund-raising goal of $5.4 million of which $2 million will be matched from Windgate Foundation Challenge Grant,” Owen said. “CAE has $1 million pledged and is asking the community to help CAE raise the remaining $2.4 million.”
CAE’s Imagine 5K glow run and one-mile fun run will begin at just after sunset, about 8:35 p.m. Pre-registration for the run is $20; $25 day of race. Cost for children 12 and under is $10. The first 100 pre-registered runners will receive a free T-shirt.
Event activities will include a workshop and performance by a world champion juggling duo from the Institute of Jugglology, music, food vendors and children and adult art activities. Artwork also willbe sold.
The evening will get underway with an aerial performance by Institute of Jugglology from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a workshop on “Juggling on Creativity” at 6 p.m.
“The workshops will be presented in the King Opera House theater,” Owen said. “Workshops are free and on a first-come first-serve base. We encourage the general public to watch the workshops in the theater. This will allow someone to pop in for a minute to see the workshop without committing to a full hour.”
From 7:45-8:15 p.m., the Institute of Jugglology will perform its world championship winning piece “Mandala.” Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children. To purchase tickets contact CAE at (479) 474-7767. Only a limited number of tickets are available.