Bower Center for the Arts continues to grow through gifts from many benefactors and countless volunteer hours given by those in our community. Dr. John Bower and Ms. Edna Curry have underwritten an important renovation for the Center this year complete with an elevator, new heating systems, electrical upgrades and a new front which will help make the building look like an art center. To complete the restoration, a Windows Campaign was set in motion in which 47 volunteers each raised $1000 from local sources to replace all the old leaky windows.
Local businesses and individuals sponsor concerts and art exhibit receptions.
Local Government Challenge Grants from the Town of Bedford and the VA Commission for the Arts have helped to purchase a pottery lab, sponsor free and reasonable priced concert tickets, and provide scholarship assistance for children to attend the Summer Arts Camp. The Bower Center cooperates with the Bedford County Public Schools to secure 21st Century Grant funds which provide students with after school and Summer Arts Camp classes in art and music at the Center.
A Virginia Commission for the Arts and NEA project grant helped the Center provide Summer Arts Camp activities in June and July to middle and elementary school students in photography, pottery, painting, and music studio lessons.
A grant from Bedford Community Health Organization helps us provide healthy snacks for the students who attend activities at Bower and for our once monthly family activities at Bedford’s Community Market Saturday.
Memberships and contributions assist in helping us to achieve the Bower Center for the Arts mission.
The Wharton Memorial Foundation and the Bower Center would like to publicly recognize our generous sponsors, listed below in alphabetical order. Visit their website by clicking on their logo.
Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Social Club
Elysian Ridge Farms
Land and Table
Millstone Tea Room
Town Kitchen Provisions
Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor – Brent Bigney
Edward Jones Financial Advisor – Jonathan Schubert