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Generous donation

Oldham Co. BPW presents check
from Fall Ball profits to Arts Center

Staff Report

(January 2005) – The Business and Professional Women of Oldham County have donated to the Oldham County Arts Center its proceeds from the Nov. 13 Fall Ball, held at the Camberley Brown Hotel in Louisville.

OC Art Center

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Oldham County Art Center

Over the past six years the OCBPW has raised more than $80,000 for Oldham County nonprofit organizations. This year, the OCBPW selected the Oldham County Arts Center as the beneficiary.
“This event is a annual labor of love with the emphasis on the word labor,” said Linda Bolin, Fall Ball chairwoman. “Almost everyone in our organization worked on this event in some way. We had outstanding participation from businesses and individuals from all areas of the county. The board members of the Educational Foundation, and the staff from the Arts Center and the Oldham County Schools were excellent to work with.”
The donation from the OCBPW will be used to make necessary facility improvements; to purchase much needed equipment and furnishings for performance and classroom spaces; and as matching funds to meet a $50,000 challenge grant from the Peyton Samuel Head Family Trust.
“The help from the Oldham County BPW came at a great time,” said Oldham County Educational Foundation President Joe McWilliams. “We need to meet the Head Trust challenge by April 1, and the OCBPW has definitely jump-started our efforts.”
Harrie Buecker, Principal of the Arts Center, expressed her gratitude to the members of the OCBPW for their volunteer leadership. “The OCBPW is among the first on the growing list of community organizations and individuals who are volunteering to help make the Center a great success in our first year of operation,” Buecker said.
In November of 2001 the Oldham County Board of Education approved the purchase of the buildings and land of Crestwood Baptist Church on Floydsburg Road, next to Crestwood Elementary School for $1.6 million, or less than $35.00 per square foot. Funding for the purchase, maintenance and operation of the arts components of the project is being provided by Oldham County Fiscal Court from funds provided by Dynegy, Inc. The Oldham County Educational Foundation is leading the fundraising effort for the Arts Center.
In the planning stages since 2002, the Oldham County Arts Center opened to the community in August of this year. The Center serves as a multipurpose venue for Oldham County Schools and community programs.
The Arts Center houses an arts school, offering high school credit in music, dance, creative writing and humanities; an arts education center, with arts programs offered during the day, after school hours and on weekends; an arts academy with classes in dance, drama, visual art, and music; and performance and exhibit space, available for rent by individuals and organizations.
The center is also the home for the Oldham County Community, Adult and Family Education Programs, many school district professional development programs, and Jefferson Community College classes.
Finally, while construction of the new Kenwood Station Elementary School proceeds in 2004-2005, Camden Station Elementary will use eight temporary classrooms at the Arts Center to provide instruction for approximately 200 kindergarten and first grade students.

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