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Kathryn Ascough Smith Arts Education Fund

Supporting Arts Education in Martinsville-Henry County

Piedmont Arts' Kathryn Ascough Smith Arts Education Fund was founded in 2013 in memory of long-time supporter and patron of Piedmont Arts, Kay Smith. The funds was established through a gift by Kay's sister, Julie Work.

“The establishment of the Smith Arts Education Fund will enable Piedmont Arts to continue to bring relevant and engaging arts programming to our schools," said Executive Director Kathy Rogers. "As well as provide programs for the entire community, including free Family Days and in-school artist residencies."

Piedmont Arts hopes to grow the fund through donations earmarked for educational outreach in the community. Rogers noted that the fund will enable the museum to look for new and exciting ways to reach both students and adults through the visual and performing arts.

Work stated, “I can’t think of a better way to honor Kay’s memory. She loved Piedmont Arts and knew the importance of having a community that is rich in arts and culture. The establishment of this fund to honor her memory will help ensure that Martinsville-Henry County continues to have an arts organization that contributes to the vibrancy of the community.”

Smith was known for her support of the arts, having served on the board of Piedmont Arts and as co-chair of the museum's Shared Vision Campaign, which raised capital for Piedmont Art’s expansion in the late 90s. Through Smith’s assistance and leadership, the campaign raised $2.5 million.

“We will be eternally grateful for Kay’s support of Piedmont Arts and will continue to feel the impact of her legacy on the museum,” said Rogers. “The generosity shown by both Kay and Julie is why they are so deserving of this year’s J. Clyde Hooker Award.”

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