The Montgomery Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the historic Kelton Hall, situated at the top of Main Street in Montgomery Center, VT. The diverse board of local, volunteer members collaborates with the community to provide a culturally rich and welcoming Center that supports the Arts, Wellness, and Community, as well as the preservation of the iconic building.
The Montgomery Center for the Arts is dedicated to enhancing the vitality of life in our local regional communities by providing a venue for a diversity of educational, cultural, artistic, and social experiences.
Doors are open for summer events...this month at the MCA...
The collected art of painter
Wayne Alan Morse.
Open : SEPTEMBER 2ND-17TH
Curated by M Sebastian Araujo
Click HERE for more info.
Call to Artists!
The MCA is hosting
THE PEOPLE'S ART SHOW
This will be a free, non-juried, uncensored exhibition celebrating all forms of creativity, diversity, and imagination. Open to ALL!
Submission deadline September 17th. For more information on how to enter your work, click HERE.
Exhibit runs from October 6th-22nd.
Restoration of THE MCA
In 2021, the Board of Directors of the MCA started the Exterior Painting and Restoration Initiative to restore the historic windows and to have the exterior surfaces of the building stripped and repainted. Both features of the exterior are in desperate need of preservation due to the effects of weather and aging deterioration.
The foremost catalyst for spearheading this project came with the award of the Paul Bruhn Grant from the Preservation Trust of Vermont in the amount of $50,000. This exceptional grant allowed the Board to pursue contractors to achieve this first step in preservation of the iconic building.
The restoration process for the building began in Summer of 2022 with the contracting of Vermont Window Restoration of Winooski to remove the windows and transport them to their workshop for winter storage and repair of the sashes, lights, and grilles to a historically accurate and renewed condition.
As of September of 2023, the windows are slated for reinstallation this Autumn season. The reinstallation of the windows will be in cooperation with the contracted exterior painters of Peck's Painting of Newport, VT who will be executing the exterior stripping and repainting portion of the project.
The Board of Directors is grateful for all donors large and small who have helped contribute to the restoration fund that has supported this endeavor. Most recently, we were thrilled to receive two more substantial contributions towards the success of this restoration effort:
-- a $4,000 Grant from the Windham Foundation of Grafton, VT --
-- a $10,000 pledge from Jay Peak Resort via the Flake Foundation --
It is from the generosity of these community-oriented businesses and organizations, and the donations from our patrons, that this project is achievable. With these contributions, and with the support of our community, the Board of the MCA strives to continue keeping the space open for public access to creative learning and enrichment, and to the restoration and preservation of the iconic building that sits at the pedestal of Main Street as an architectural icon of our Downtown.
For more information and photos of the Exterior Restoration and Preservation Initiative, click HERE.
The Board of the MCA has been working diligently to navigate ongoing projects, expenses, and opportunities for the organization, the building, and the community. Our efforts began 5 years ago and are progressing annually. We have composed the linked letter here to inform the public of the actions we are taking to meet our mission and serve our community.
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