Kennebec Valley Art Association Receives $6,500 Grant from Maine Community Foundation

The Kennebec Valley Art Association recently received a $6,500 grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support an updated strategic plan for the Kennebec Valley Art Association for 2009-2014 and also to provide for technical consultants for the preconstruction and planning phase of a proposed affordable artist housing project above the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.

“The KVAA board of directors came up with the organization’s first ever strategic plan in 2004, and as a result we have experienced an exciting period of growth and change.” Said Deborah Fahy, Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Art Association.“We need to build the capacity of the KVAA so that the organization is adequate to the challenges that come with growth. Our directors’ first responsibility is to our fiscal stability; to ensure our ability to directly serve and support our membership; and our obligation to continue to produce quality arts programming to benefit the entire community.Strategic planning will help us to meet these goals.”

On the proposed affordable artist housing project, Fahy said, “Affordable housing is a great need in Hallowell, and we believe the arts can be part of a creative solution. The final project will provide us with a source of income while also serving artists.” The Kennebec Valley Art Association is a membership-based non-profit art association.Its mission is to promote the arts and artists of central Maine.The art association has owned and operated the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell since 1963.

For 25 years the Maine Community Foundation has been partnering with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine through grants and scholarships.For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www.mainecf.org or call toll-free 1-877-700-6800.

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