Quincy Art Center is for brides who want their photos taken with a beautiful, vintage carriage house in the background. It’s for businesses that would like a unique atmosphere for an important meeting. It’s for children who like to paint and adults who like to create. It’s even for people who can barely draw stick figures, but enjoy viewing art exhibits. Chances are Quincy Art Center is for you.
The multi-faceted nonprofit, located at 1515 Jersey Street, is a thriving cultural organization that touches the lives of at least 16,000 people each year. It’s staffed by two full time and ten part time employees, has 14 people on its board of directors, 11 art instructors, and many volunteers.
“When you start listing all the people involved in Quincy Art Center, it really paints the picture of how big we are as an organization. We couldn’t serve the amount of people we reach each year if it weren’t for our board and volunteers,” said Jen Teter, executive director and curator.
Quincy Art Center brings formal arts education to ten elementary schools and gives tours of its rotating art exhibition to 2,400 children each year through its smART Kids art mentor program. It offers art education through classes and workshops at the Center throughout the year, brings art activities to 31 outreach events each year, and fosters artistic opportunities for over 200 local artists through annual competitions. Its largest fundraiser is the Beaux Arts Ball, an event that’s held in December and is over 80 years old.
Recently, the Center has made changes in staff. Teter took the helm on Sept. 2 after Julie Nelson retired. Nelson served for 20 years and plans to be involved in a supportive role. Teter, who earned her master’s degree in Ceramics in 2007 from Central Michigan University, has been at the Art Center since 2009 when she was hired as an exhibition preparator and facilities manager.
Lana Rabe is the director of development and marketing, and has been with the Center for three years.
“Being around art and other artists and art appreciators is the best part of the job,” Rabe said.
Steven Stoll and Kayla Obert are the newest employees. Stoll is the art education coordinator, and Obert is the office coordinator.
Despite the fact she and Rabe have new positions and two new employees, Teter is confident they will serve the Center well.
“We hired people who are passionate about the art community and our mission. I’m very happy that everyone’s an ‘art person,’” she said, explaining the entire staff has an art background.
For Chamber members interested in renting space at the Center, the galleries and library are great locations for social events and business presentations. Rabe can provide more information by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about the current art exhibit, classes, and more, visit www.quincyartcenter.org or call 223-5900. Quincy Art Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.