Who we are
Our mission is to promote, enhance and develop the arts for the people of Coles County in an effort to provide the opportunity for all segments of the population to enjoy, appreciate and participate in the arts and thereby create an improved quality of life.
MEET THE LEADERSHIP
President - Charlotte England
VP for Membership - Richard England
Secretary - Pam Gutowski
Treasurer - Ryan Siegel
Past President - Jeri Matteson Hughes
Dramatic Arts/Dance - Earl Halbe
Literature - Daiva Markelis
Musical Arts - Elizabeth Halbe
Visual Arts - Open for 2021
Historical Heritage - Carolyn Stephens
Memoir - Janet Messenger
City Art I & II - Heather Ames
Grants - Paul Hinson
About the Coles County Arts Council
The Arts Council was founded May 23, 1984 as the Charleston Area Arts Council by a group of community-minded individuals dedicated to promoting the arts, arts activities and artists in Charleston, Illinois and the surrounding area. The Board of Directors was composed of three individuals - Donald Carmichael*, Tarble Arts Center director; Cary Knoop, sculptor, EIU Art Faculty member; and Patricia Mahler, artist, Charleston art teacher at Jefferson School and owner of Homestead Studios. Others on the incorporation committee were - Virginia Anderson*, Jackie Adkins, Jacqueline Bennett, Mildred Hofacker*, DuWayne Hansen, Richard Lawson, Paula Phillips, Diann Graham Gunn, Olga Durham, and Becky Sawyer Spoon.
Ten years later, on November 18, 1994, an amendment was made to the Articles of Incorporation changing the name of the group to Coles County Arts Council. The name change signified a growing organization expanding to serve more people and more of Coles County and the surrounding east central Illinois area. Carol Hindman served as President at this time.
Today, thanks to the support of our growing membership and an active working Board of Directors, we are building on a solid foundation of the past and striving to meet the interest and needs of today’s artists, artist-interest groups, and Coles County communities and residents.
(a)The Coles County Arts Council is approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. All memberships/donations are tax deductible.