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