Meet Our Staff and Board

Staff

Though much of this work goes on behind the scenes and away from the public eye, the Arts Center is continually reaching out to the elderly, those with low income, and/or physical, mental and developmental disabilities. When we say we want to provide arts opportunities for every member of the community, we mean it!

mbt_resizedMary Beth Touchstone
Executive Director
mbtouchstone@communityartscenter.net

Mary Beth works closely with our board to make sure that we know our mission, that we actively plan how to achieve that mission, and that our organization runs smoothly in all respects. Before coming to the Arts Center, Mary Beth was the Vice President of Technology Management at JP Morgan Chase.

Mary Beth’s favorite thing about the Arts Center: I like being able to effect change so quickly and directly. When a person here has a great idea, we can implement it in as little as a week, directly affecting how people in our community experience art. It’s a great feeling knowing that I was directly involved in exposing people to something that will change their lives forever.

Contact Mary Beth if you are redeeming a gift certificate, if you want to rent the Arts Center for your own event, or to book a private Starry Night Studio.

 

brandon_resizedBrandon Long
Programming Director
brandonlong@communityartscenter.net

Brandon was born an artist and a musician who joined the Arts Center in January 2007. He’s in charge of scheduling and hanging exhibits, maintaining gallery spaces, developing content for the annual blockbuster exhibit, instructing Starry Night Studio sessions, leading Arts Cart outreach programs, creating innovative new programming for the Community Arts Center, and creating all of our graphic designs. Before working at the Arts Center, he was a merchandising coordinator at Joseph Beth Booksellers.

Brandon’s favorite thing about the Arts Center: The reason I come to work every day is that we are providing a unique experience for artists young and old that simply didn’t exist on a local level when I was growing up. My daughter, at five years old, is one of the most driven, creative young people I’ve ever been around and I can’t help but think that the Arts Center is one of the main proponents of her enthusiasm. Sometimes people will tell her, “Jillian, you’re going to be a great artists someday,” and she replies, “I already AM an artist.” That’s when I know that at least one person has fully gotten our message and mission, and that makes it all worth it.

Contact Brandon if you are an artist who wishes to exhibit at the Arts Center, if you have questions about the annual juried show “Horizon: Contemporary Landscape” or if you would like to book an Arts Cart visit to your area.

 

Nancy_MartindaleNancy Martindale
Visitor Services Coordinator
nancy@communityartscenter.net

Nancy does a little bit of everything! You’ll see her working the front desk, leading volunteer training, teaching classes, helping out in Lisi’s Art Lab… just about anywhere, really. Nancy also gathers valuable feedback from the community and visitors so that the Arts Center can provide the highest possible quality of exhibits, services and classes. Nancy is a retired teacher and former education coordinator for the Arts Center. She is an artist in her own right, working mainly with fabrics and hand-made felt, but she was also a juried potter in the Southern Highlands Guild and Pennsylvania Guild back in the 90’s.

Nancy’s favorite thing about the Arts Center: My favorite part of working here is the variety of exhibits, people, and activities I get to be part of. Never a dull day at the Arts Center!

 

Kate_SnyderKate Snyder
Development Director
kate@communityartscenter.net

Kate is responsible for developing and implementing the Arts Center’s fundraising programs by connecting art-lovers in the community with opportunities to bring their passions to life.  Kate holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in the Theology and Archaeology of the Old Testament.  Prior to joining the Arts Center, Kate spent eight years in non-profit fundraising and development in Pittsburgh, PA.

Kate’s Favorite Thing About the Arts Center: I love the inter-generational programming and the fact that there really is something for everyone at the Arts Center. Anyone in the community can get involved, from a toddler wielding a paintbrush to an eighty-year-old with a burning desire to learn the French horn. To me, that breadth of opportunity is what community is all about.

Contact Kate if you are interested in sponsoring an event, giving a cash or in-kind gift, or volunteering your time.

                                                                                                         
Maggie Shapiro Haskett                                                                                  Education Director                                                                                   education@communityartscenter.net

Maggie is responsible for recruiting instructors and organizing all of our classes and camps. She also connects community members to the art events that match their interests and helps develop new art opportunities for everyone. She holds a BA in English from the University of Kentucky and her previous work history includes running her own dessert catering business as well as being a doula and childbirth education teacher. Maggie has also home schooled her own kids and ran multiple day camps/recreation programs for children. In her free time, she likes to express her artistic side through knitting, jewelry making, and some collage work.

Maggie’s Favorite Thing About the Arts Center: I like that I can wear a lot of different hats and that no two days are ever the same.  I love the chance to dream big and the challenge of bringing those dreams to fruition.  There is so much potential here, and so many opportunities to connect people to the arts, and I love that I can be a part of making that happen.

Contact Maggie for questions or comments regarding classes/camps or education opportunities.

 

Andrea_CuttsAndrea Cutts

Volunteer Extraordinaire, Andrea first volunteered for us during August 2013, and she stayed! You’ll see Andrea working the front desk, changing out crafts and activities in Lisi’s Art Lab, running around town telling local businesses and visitors about upcoming events, serving as a paintwaiter during Starry Night Studio, helping build exhibits… just about anything and everything!

Andrea says: I saw a call for Dantastic Revenge volunteers on Facebook. It was a lot of fun and I thought I’d like to come back more often. Now, I can’t leave this place! I love seeing people’s reactions when they come in to the exhibit… It means a lot to me to see them so appreciative of the hard work we’ve put into it.

Not sure who to talk to? Email info@communityartscenter.net and someone will respond to you soon!

 

Board of Directors

The Arts Center is served by a rotating set of board members selected from all different areas of the Danville community that devote their time, money and talents to fulfill the mission of the Arts Center.

  • Dr. Barbara Hall, President
  • Jennifer Ahnquist, Vice President
  • Matt Sirasky, Treasurer
  • Gary Barkman
  • Deborah Cullen
  • Margo Goodwin
  • Steve Griffin
  • Larry Hensley
  • Steven A. Hoffman
  • Niki Kinkade
  • Barbara Lockhart
  • Alethea Price
  • Dr. Aaron Rodocker
  • Christopher J. Tucker
  • Sarah Wiltsee
  • Dr. Tom Baeker, Emeritus Board Member