BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS –
On Saturday, January 16, the Board of Directors of Mena Art Gallery met to plan for the coming couple of years. Janet Harney of the Arkansas Arts Council acted as moderator for the group.
The meeting began with a summary by Rick Chrisman, Chairman of the Board, of the activities for the past year including programs, shows, and events. Rick went on to recap the information about the financial status of the gallery including the recent extensive renovations as well as regular income and expense, donations, and fund-raising events. He then reviewed the organizational structure and leadership. This was particularly helpful as the gallery has several new members on its Board.
Janet Harney then led a “SWOT” analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. This provided a background for the group to go forward with plans for the coming year.
As the gallery is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, and because our funds are limited, we rely heavily on volunteers. There is opportunity for members of the community to help in many ways:
Staffing the gallery: requires no experience; gives you an opportunity to become acquainted with many people in town as they visit.
Helping in the office: requires slight knowledge of common computer programs such as word processing and spreadsheets.
Putting up and taking down the shows: lots of help needed for getting artists’ work checked in, taking down the previous month’s exhibit, hanging the incoming exhibit.
Helping with classes: it is always good to have an extra person on hand, especially with children’s classes. Or if you want to teach a craft or art, there is a place for you as well.
If you are interested in helping Mena Art Gallery grow and become an even more vital part of our community, we can find a way that fits your schedule and talents. Give us a call at 479-394-3880 and tell Julie Vande Zande what you would like.