Jones County Arts Council Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 7, Issue 1
From the President…
The past two years as president of the Jones County Arts Council has been one of the most rewarding I have had the opportunity to experience. This time has been highlighted by the dedication, passion and hard work of the JCAC Board and Directors. I could not have had a more committed team to work toward meeting the Jones County Arts Council Goals.
The JCAC Newsletters, Calendars and Web Site have done an outstanding job in promoting our local artists and acknowledging JCAC sponsored programs and accomplishments. The JCAC has increased the number and variety of programs sponsored with our Eastern NC African American Music Trail promotion, and JCAC Art Show/Competition extension to include home-schooled student and senior citizens. The JCAC continues to work in partnership with the Jones County School System to bring quality artist to Jones County Students.
As we pass the baton to the new JCAC Officers and Board of Directors, I am very confident that with their leadership the Jones County Arts Council will strengthen its mission to promote and encourage the development and advancement of the arts in Jones County.
Art has its own universal language and transcends barriers, and at the same time gives a cultural identity that defines the character of its people. Jones County has a wealth of artistic people and many of these people give their time and money to artistic endeavors.
We truly have a wealth of experience, initiative, and love of the arts at our fingertips. Let us carry our passion for the arts and for Jones County forward, instilling a love for the arts in all of our citizens from the 1 year old to the 99 year old.
Thank you for your support and the privilege of serving as the JCAC President and I will continue to be chief cheerleader for the Jones County Arts Council.
Supporting the Arts Always,
Jo Ann Stone
2014 Arts Council Annual Meeting
On May 13, 2014 the Jones County Arts Council hosted its annual meeting.
A total of 67 members attended the evening, which included a catered dinner from the Folded Napkin of Kinston. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the lively and entertaining Dick Knight and Bill Meyers. We are looking forward to our Annual Meeting next year. If you were able to join us, we hope to see you next year as well. If not, we hope that you can make next year’s event.
An Arts Council Legend By: Carolyn Lane, JCAC Board Member
Gracious, knowledgeable, and efficient are only a few words that describe Thelma Edmondson a 1975 charter member of the Jones County Arts Council. Over the years she has exhibited a passion and vision for the arts in Jones County. Thelma has served in many capacities on the arts council board including president, secretary, and treasurer. It has been our reward to be so fortunate to enjoy the guidance, support and inspiration she displays. She has genuinely been a role model of true leadership to many members of the board. If you ever needed a question answered related to concepts and processes of the arts council, Thelma was always the one you called. She is best known as an encourager reminding us that in all areas of life as well as the arts, optimism is the path to travel.
Thelma Edmondson is the kind of person, unforgettable to us all. In all aspects of her life …to us… she will forever stand tall. Thank you for your commitment to the Jones County Arts Council.
Thanks for All You Have Done…
An organization can only be successful when it has members who commit themselves to purposeful duty to the vision and mission of the organization. The Jones County Arts Council has been very fortunate over the years to have board members who give so fully of themselves to the artistic endeavors of the county. While this is a renaissance year on the executive board, we cannot help but be sadden with the loss of valuable guidance from such important board members. The Jones County Arts Council would like to give a huge thank you and the biggest thanks imaginable to Jackie Morris and Mary Thomas. Mary has served as Secretary and Jackie has served as Program Director for a number of years. We appreciate all their hard work and will continue to value their wisdom and member-ship with the Arts Council. Thank you ladies for a job well done!
N.C. Symphony Visits Jones County School Students
On Monday, May 13, 2014 3rd—6th graders across the county were treated to a performance by the string quartet of the North Caro-lina Symphony. The event was hosted at Maysville Elementary. Students were very excited as they listened to explanations about the stringed instruments and the string section as part of a symphonic production.
“The students seemed to be thrilled at the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the musicians,” stated Janelle Ehnstrom, JCAC board member, who was on hand during the event. Several Arts Council members were also in at-tendance for the event. We hope to have them join us again next spring for our students.
Installation of New Officers & Board of Directors
At the Annual Meeting in May, the Nominations Committee submitted names for the upcoming Executive Board and Board of Directors. Upon approval, these individuals were sworn in during the Board Meeting on June 23, 2014. The Executive Board will serve for a two-year term, while the Board of Directors will serve between 1 and 3 years. Mrs. Thelma Edmondson, outgoing Treasurer, conducted the swearing in ceremony at the Pollocksville Presbyterian Church.
2014-2016 EXECUTIVE BOARD
President — Anna Lassiter
Vice-President — Steven Howard
Secretary — Jana Huggins
Treasurer — Janelle Ehnstrom
Program Director — Beverly Hines
Ex-Officio — Jo Ann Stone
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Class of 2015 — Carolyn Lane, Anna Craft, and Sylvia Willis
Class of 2016 — Nickey Miller, Allison Harriett, and Luvenia Foster
Class of 2017 — Cora Davenport, Estelle Surles, and Peyton Jenkins
Craig Sparrow, Jones Middle School Art Teacher
Education: B.F.A – East Carolina University; MA.Ed – East Carolina University
Years in education: 19 years
Accolades: 2008-2009 Jones County Teacher of the Year
What inspired you to become a teacher? My freshman year Art History professor was amazing. He encouraged my interest in history and painting.
Interesting tidbits: I was an abstract painter before working with photorealism. Surfing and swimming are my stress relievers.
Upcoming Summer/Fall events:
July 28 – JCAC Board Meeting
August 25 – JCAC Board Meeting
September 22 – JCAC Board Meeting