The Bower Center for the Arts continues to grow through the kind gifts of our many benefactors… your support makes our community a healthier and more vibrant place for all of us.


  • Major renovations funded by Dr. John Bower and Edna Curry
  • $47,000 raised in community to replace windows during renovations
  • An established scholarship program for youth programs in Summer Arts Camps
  • After-school and summer arts camp programs coordinated with 21stCentury Learning Center Enrichment Programs
  • Monthly art exhibitions featuring artists from Bedford and surrounding regions
  • Monthly concert program by eclectic local and regional groups
  • Music and art classes
  • Meeting space for local arts and community groups and social events
  • New sound system for performances at the Bower Center
  • New roof and boiler for the Bower Center
  • Free family art activities during Second Fridays, Bedford’s Saturday Community Market Day

Future Goals

  • Expand art and music offerings to all ages and across the economic spectrum
  • Increase support staff
  • Maintain and upgrade facilities
    • Gallery track lighting
    • Convert old bathrooms into much needed storage space
    • Updated telephone service
    • Linked computer system
    • Storage and shelving
    • New flooring in Terrace Gallery
    • Updated Kitchen
  • Create a community project of mosaic panels depicting history, art and culture of Bedford

None of this would be possible without broad-based community support. Please donate today! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


Individual Contribution Levels & Benefits

LevelAmountBower Center tote bagArtist entry fee waived for exhibition contributorsTwo tickets to a performance of your choiceAcknowledgement on Bower Center website and printed programs

Business Contribution Levels & Benefits

LevelAmountAcknowledgement on Bower Center website and printed programsMarquee sponsorship of an exhibition or concertTwo tickets to annual contributor event

The Wharton Foundation/Bower Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

To donate by check, click here and print a copy of our Donation form; please complete the form and mail to us at the address indicated. Questions? Just give us a call at (540) 586-4235.