On August 30, 11 AM, John P. Stafford, of Bedford, VA, resigned as Executive Director of Bower Center for the Arts. He posts on Facebook:
"This morning I resigned as Executive Director of Bower Center for the Arts. I am indebted to Dr. Bower, Edna Curry, Anne Bower Travis; phenomenal staff, Board,volunteers and former ED. Sara Braaten. Highlights of the year include 100% artist studio occupancy (with a waiting list!), new committees/chairs and a very healthy launch of Center rentals to groups and individuals, such as the recent Bedford Community Christmas Station this past weekend. Thanks to everyone and for your understanding of my need to attend to family and personal matters."
We are all incredibly sad that our Center has lost such a strong, persevering, and charismatic leader. It will never be the same without him. John Stafford, thank you for your smiling face, praise, and countless hours and the heart you put into Bower Center for the Arts. We will carry on your vision!