Susan Webb, front row left, Megan Lively, Kathie Davis, Penny Womble, Duran Broadhurst and Emily Carinci. Back row: Jim Fitzgerald, left, Charles Pittman, Dean Joyner, Dan Blackmon, Johnny Hackney, Tom Fyle (City Representative), Barnes Boykin, Jay Gallimore, Bill Adams and Jeff Joyner. Not pictured are Carol Alexander, Linda Barnes, Jo Brown, Earline Copeland and Tad Piner.
President - Dan Blackmon
Vice-President - Barnes Boykin
Secretary - Kathie Davis
Treasurer - Charles Pittman
Past President - Duran Broadhurst
At-Large Member - Carol Alexander
At-Large Member - Jay Gallimore
One Year Term (Class of 2015)
Two Year Term (Class of 2016)
Three Year Term (Class of 2017)
Linda H. Barnes
Board President Dan Blackmon
I'm very excited and honored to begin my role as president of The Arts Council of Wilson, Inc. It's going to be an exciting and busy year for us, and I can't think of any better group of people than the ACW board and staff to help guide this journey. I'm passionate about the ACW and our mission in improving the quality of life for all citizens of Wilson County. Our lives have been enriched by living in a community that has an Arts Council that provides this county with quality performances at the Boykin Center. The participation, enthusiasm and quality of performances in our ACT! for Youth Theater, the wonderful Visual Arts exhibitions, the Community Theatre groups and the exciting summer camps are remarkable.
I would like to ask each of you to ask yourself what you can do to make the Arts Council better. This can be so simple… become a member, volunteer, attend the events and help us get the community involved. We need your support to make a great Arts Council even better!
I'm very proud to serve as your Arts Council president and ask that if you have any suggestions on how to improve our Arts Council, please let me know. So stay tuned to all the exciting things going on with your Arts Council, and remember, we are one of the best Arts Councils in NC!
We Remember our Friends,
Marvin Coghill and Dale C. Bone
Former Arts Council Contributors Dale Bone and Marvin Coghill enjoy September Song on September 23, 2011 with their wives Genia Bone, left and Ann Coghill.
The staff of the Arts Council of Wilson would like to express our gratitude to Dale C. Bone who served the Arts Council as a dedicated member of our Board of Directors and Marvin Coghill whose friendship and support and to their beloved spouses, Genia and Ann, who faithfully attend and promote our events and programs. Their philanthropic endeavors will continue to improve the lives of the citizens of Wilson and Wilson County for many years to come.
Board members share why they support the Arts Council
I have had a love of the arts since childhood. Even though my parents encouraged me to select a major in college that would provide guaranteed financial security, that love of the arts never wavered. During my working years I was a patron of the arts. At every opportunity I enjoyed theater, music, dance and visual art performances and/or events. After the Boykin Center became a part of the Wilson culture and climate, I was a regular patron. Having now retired, I have the opportunity to immerse myself in the things that I love and enjoy. And, I hope to participate in those things more fully as both a patron and facilitator. As a participant in a few other civic organizations, I look forward to using my position on the board of the Arts Council to initiate a relationship between these groups. Hopefully the other groups with which I am affiliated will become more aware of local entertainment events and talents. And, the Arts Council will benefit from more patronage at their sponsored events. In any community, the value and enrichment that the cultural arts bring is immeasurable. The chance to further enhance the cultural aspects of my community by serving on the board of the Arts Council (in any capacity) is a job to which I am looking forward.
The arts council is a great asset to our community. It provides a cultural and artistic view of the people and the place we live. The Wilson arts council is diverse and serves as a way to bring people together from the many cultural aspects of our city and county. I am happy to be a part of such an outstanding organization. I would also encourage our citizens to participate in the many programs the arts council offers.
I have supported the Arts Council for a long time, but from afar with contributions and attending events. Now, I want to be a little more active and involved. Why? I have listed personal leanings towards the arts, but the more pragmatic evaluation is associated with the involvement of art and the arts in the fabric of community and the history and the identity and the pride of people, groups of like people, ethnicities, and nations! I have traveled to Italy, Russia, China, and other places and no matter where you go, each area is proud of many things associated with their locale, but folks always include, display, and celebrate their art, their painting, sculptor, dance, theater, and more. They are proud of the heritage of their past and proud of current artistic endeavors for the future. It is important! The Arts Council of Wilson strives to promote the arts of our community for education, for enjoyment, for personal improvement, and to keep the connecting thread alive that exists in the heart and soul of the human nature. Art is an essential part of us and our connection to each other. The Wilson Arts Council is a promoter for art in all of us, whether an artist or a lover of art or for even those not fully aware of art, that elevates the cultural standard of living for our community and for each citizen in our community. I want to be a part of that. It is important!
I was born and raised in Wilson. I was first exposed to the arts in the 9th grade when Bob Johnson asked me to audition for a role a Shoestring Theatre production. I was hooked. During the four years I spent at the University of North Carolina, I became a theatre rat. As my lack of talent on-stage became more obvious, I developed an interest and increasing talent in theatre lighting. I completed a year-long internship with the Master Electrician at PlayMaker's Rep and was soon running lights for every show produced. I spent the rest of my time at UNC running, designing and managing all aspects of the lighting for PlayMaker's at both the original PlayMaker's Theatre and the new Paul Green theatre. During the past few years, I have volunteered for several Art's Council and Act for Youth productions and soon became more and more involved with the lighting at the Boykin Center. I was thrilled with the newly upgraded light board and was honored to be asked to serve of the Boykin Center Dream Team. Now, I'm looking forward to continuing my support for the Arts in Wilson by serving on the Board of Directors for the next three years.
As a young child of 2 music majors I remember walking through The Arts Council of Wilson with my mother from a very young age. I don't quite remember what we were doing but I do remember the excitement I felt when we were at The Arts Council. After college and grad school I moved back to Wilson, because it is my home. My husband and I love Wilson and plan on this being our home for the rest of our lives. What better way to contribute to your community than The Arts Council of Wilson? Our son has taken advantage of the camps, we love the local art and exhibits, our fourth date as a couple was at Banker's Holiday, and our wedding reception was right here at the Arts Council. We are proud members of the Arts Council of Wilson.
I have been associated with the ACW for nearly 5 years now in several different capacities. My youngest son was the one who really got us involved as a family with the ACW when he insisted on our auditioning for the 1st annual summer show, "The Music Man". Since our casting in that show my entire family has taken part in almost every aspect of the performing arts division of the ACW. My boys, 18 & 12 years old, have been involved in AFY productions; I have served as the Technical Director for several of those shows, and we love the family aspect of this program. We are also involved with The Playhouse of Wilson, where I serve alongside my wife, Susan, as house managers. Our family has also been cast in several of their productions. For our family, this is a place that allows us to use our God given talents, and to share those talents with others both in and outside of the Wilson community. What a wonderful way to spend time together as a family, we love it!
The Arts Council is so important to Wilson, especially the children in Wilson. We have many recreational activities and different sports, but all children are not interested or able to play sports. So, many children learn self-confidence and learn that they can be successful in the arts. The Arts Council is a place to come and enjoy the arts.