Knox Partnership for Arts & Culture

Board of Trustees

Chair - Sarah Goslee Reed

  • Knox County Symphony, Chair Board of Trustees
  • Knox County Symphony, Violinist
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Ohio State University, Microbiologist

Vice Chair - Barb Barry

  • First-Knox National Bank, Retired Assistant Vice President
  • Distinguished Young Women of Ohio, Director

Treasurer - Chuck Kindel

  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, MBA Finance
  • Carnation Company, Management
  • Food Service Distribution Co., Owned and Operated
  • Applied Magnetics Corp., Management
  • Retired Business Executive

Secretary - Pat Crow

  • Woodward Development Corporation, Secretary
  • Downtown Options Corporation, Vice President
  • Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Executive Director
  • Heritage Centre Association, Past Downtown Manager

Arts Director - Joe Bell

  • Teacher, Arts/Drama
  • Right Brain Productions, Ltd., Owner
  • Youth School of Mime
  • The Mount Vernon Heritage Singers

Marketing - Matt Starr

  • ICONN Video Production, Producer, Motion Pictures and Film
  • Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Past Chair Board of Trustees
  • Kokosing River Productions, LLC, Partner
  • KeyLight Advertising Agency, Partner
  • Heritage Centre Association, Past Downtown Manager

Education - Kathryn Brechler Lake

  • Director of Board Relations and Presidential and Community Events
  • Assistant Secretary to the Board and Corporation
  • Kenyon College

Member - Jay Nixon

  • Magistrate at Knox County Common Pleas Court
  • Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers, Ltd., formerly
  • Bieser, Greer & Landis, LLP, formerly
  • Thompson Hine, LLP, formerly

 

Restore the Woodward

restoreEfforts to bring the historical significance of the facility to the forefront began in the 1970s. Many local organizations supported the cause during these early years, including the Knox County Renaissance Foundation. The Woodward was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the eventual restoration became the dream of the community.

In 1995, KPAC - The Knox Partnership for Arts & Culture was created. Its mission was established to support the arts throughout Knox County, beginning with the restoration and operation of the Woodward as an arts facility. In 1996, the Woodward Development Corporation (WDC) was formed to be the eventual owner of the facility. WDC purchased the Woodward building in May of 1998 and the adjacent building for use as an annex in March of 2000. Both organizations applied for and subsequently achieved their IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt designation.

After acquisition, the Woodward Development Corp. began detailed historic and archeological research aimed at establishing the physical evolution of the structures to permit an authentic restoration process. KPAC began laying the ground work developing plans for the community arts as it relates to the Woodward facility.

 

 

Woodward Development Corporation

The Woodward Opera House restoration project began many years ago as public awareness concerning the Woodward was heightened through the efforts of groups like the Knox County Renaissance Foundation. Many individual community members contributed time and energy to the initial stages of the effort, such as Gail Peelman and Peter Dickson.

In 1995, KPAC - The Knox Partnership for Arts & Culture was created. Its mission was established to support the arts throughout Knox County, beginning with the restoration and operation of the Woodward as an arts facility.

The Woodward Development Corporation (WDC) was organized in 1996 for the purpose of purchasing and managing the Woodward Opera House facilities. The large volunteer base is led by a board of trustees made up of leaders from the county’s business, social-service, arts, and civic sectors. The WDC Board of Trustees acts as the landlord to the current business tenants in the Woodward and Annex buildings, manages the day-to-day business of the project, and plans for and conducts the long term Woodward restoration program. The Woodward Development Corporation (WDC), an IRS designated 501(c)(3) organization, follows sound fiscal policy, voluntarily performs an audit on an annual basis using an independent public auditor, and files an IRS 990 form each year.

WDC purchased the Woodward building in May of 1998 and the adjacent building for use as an annex in March of 2000. After acquisition, WDC began detailed historic and archeological research, as well as structural analysis, aimed at establishing the physical evolution of the buildings to permit an authentic restoration process. In addition, KPAC began laying the ground work developing plans for the community arts as it relates to the Woodward facility.

The WDC office, staffed by a part time and volunteer staff, is located at 107 South Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon. The Woodward is open for tours each Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon from June through September. For current business or tour information, contact the WDC at [email protected] or call (740) 392-6142 during normal business hours.

Board of Trustees

Chair - Larry Grindle (Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers - Attorney/CPA - Mount Vernon)

Vice Chair - Maureen Buchwald (Glen Hill Orchards - Mount Vernon)

Treasurer - Chuck Kindel (Retired Business Executive - Knox Partnership for Arts & Culture - Mount Vernon)

Secretary - Pat Crow* (Woodward Project Manager - Director, Knox County CVB - Mount Vernon)

Member - Ann Laudeman (Kahrl Family - Mount Vernon)

Member - Doug Leonard (Vice President, First-Knox National Bank - Mount Vernon)

Member - Richard K. Mavis (Mayor, City of Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon)

Member - Susan Ramser (Ohio Cumberland Gas, Knox Co. Historical Society - Mount Vernon)

Member - Sarah Goslee Reed (Knox County Symphony - Mount Vernon)

* Ex-officio Members

 

 

Contact Information

The Woodward Opera House,

107 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

(740) 392-6102
(800) 837-5282

[email protected]

Mission

Engage arts and community leadership to authentically restore the Woodward Opera House into a fully functional theater operation, develop the overall Woodward facility into a contemporary self-sustaining arts center for community interaction, become a catalyst for excellence in education, encourage civic engagement, and enrich the quality of life in the Mount Vernon ~ Knox County, Ohio area.

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