PARKERSBURG — On Aug. 29 a group from the Historic Morgantown Post Office and the Brownfields Center at West Virginia University visited the Parkersburg Art Center on a fact-finding mission to get ideas for their future renovations.
The group met with Jessie Siefert, managing director of the Parkersburg Art Center, and Dwain Hartley, art center facilities coordinator.
Team members were energized by the information gleaned from the trip and look forward to additional trips, group officials said.
“We showed them our facility, talked about our history of renovations and expansion, how we fund our operations, minimize wasteful spending and maintain our level of programming with a bare-bones staff,” Siefert said.
“Like the Art Center, this group is very interested in community collaboration so we also discussed our involvement in the community through Downtown PKB, our growing connection with WVU Parkersburg, visiting the schools, afterschool art programs, free family events, ArtOberfest, ArtOrama and partnering with our other non-profit arts agencies,” Siefert said.
Siefert visited the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown over the summer. The idea for the MAC group to visit the Parkersburg Art Center was sparked from that trip, Siefert said.
The Historic Morgantown Post Office Inc. (HPO) is a nonprofit corporation formed for the purpose of renovating the historic post office building and its annex. The renovated buildings will house an expanded and enhanced community center for the arts, including the Monongalia Arts Center, the Morgantown History Museum, and Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia Inc.
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