(TROY, ALABAMA) The Troy Arts Council Board today demonstrated its continuing support of the Troy Pike Cultural Arts Center, Inc. with a $5,000 donation that will serve to anchor the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center's Building Endowment Fund, an investment in the Center's future. Kristy Drinkwater, president of the Troy Arts Council, and Betty Wagoner, Troy Arts Council treasurer, presented the check to Mack Gibson, Chairman of the Cultural Arts Center Board of Directors. Both organizations work to promote the arts throughout Pike County and the surrounding area. "We are extremely appreciative of this generous gift of seed money for our building endowment," said Gibson. "It reflects the continuing spirit of giving and support of our organization by the Troy Arts Council. Since the day it was founded in 1972, the Troy Arts Council Board has dedicated time, money and energy into enriching the lives of people in Troy and Pike County through facilitating events of the visual arts, theatre and music. Troy Arts Council has brought an unparalleled amount of culture to this area of the state.
The Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, Inc. was formed in 2000 through the efforts of a group of local citizens who incorporated, gained 501(c)(3) status and purchased the historic Troy post office (circa 1910) in order to transform it into the only cultural arts center in Pike County. Its mission is Cultural Enrichment of the Lives of all Citizens Through Exposure to the Arts. Renovations of the new Center, now named The Holman & Ethel Johnson Center for the Arts will be completed in early summer. The beautiful facility is comprised of seven galleries, including the 1400 sq. ft. two-story Main Gallery. "Our Board's vision is that, as a result of the Center's leadership, and the ongoing efforts of organizations like the Troy Arts Council, our region will be recognized as a leading center for the arts," said Mack Gibson. The Center's Grand Opening is planned for September 14, 2008.