The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) held its annual meeting Thursday, August 23, to elect new board members, review the financial status, look at accomplishments of the past year, and inform those in attendance of plans for the coming year.
Former STMA President Wilson DuBose passed the gavel to the new President Roland Lewan. STMA elected Carol Jones, Rebecca Rakoczy, and Don Roman as new directors and recognized Mary Jones and Mary Ann Orr whose terms on the board ended. Additionally, the 2018 Volunteers of the Year was awarded to Gail Baldwin and Laurie Ricks.
STMA received the maximum amount of money possible from the Georgia Council for the Arts in addition to a competitive two-year grant for operational funds from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, claimed a $25K challenge-grant from an anonymous donor, and significantly increased the amount of funds received from the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation. Even though STMA received fewer grants than the year prior with $1K less in income, appropriate cuts to their budget enabled the museum to close the year with a positive income just under $30K. These funds have been allocated for operations and programming.
“We really have had a wonderful year,” stated Museum Director Patricia DuBose. “We’ve had exhibitions with a total of 93 artists in an array of mediums and themes. We also hosted two very successful fundraisers and held a roundtable discussion on provocative issues in the African-American community.”
Furthermore, the Legacy Project was created to preserve newspaper articles, recordings, photos, letters, and more related to Steffen Thomas. DuBose also reported that about one thousand students came to the museum for A Day at STMA. In addition to the continuation of the Arts Outreach program at Crossroads, which culminates each year in the installation of a piece of public art, a new feature will be added for those students. Toolkit for Living will offer a variety of creative methods to promote self-awareness and growth both socially and emotionally.
Located at 4200 Bethany Rd. in Buckhead GA, the Steffen Thomas Museum is open Tues.-Sat. from 11am. – 4pm.