Hanover Arts & Activities Center seeking funding

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A hub of entertainment and events in Hanover County is feeling the effects of the economy.  The Hanover Arts and Activities Center in Ashland was hoping for some financial support from the county, but that didn't happen.

The Hanover Arts and Activities Center already hosts a number of popular events like the Railroad Run, which is coming up this weekend, and the Ashland Fourth of July parade and picnic, but the folks who run this place want to fix it up and provide more programming.

President of the Board of Directors, Sharon Stiles, says, "Things like some drawing classes, some more fine arts classes, some craft things.  Maybe some knitting classes or gardening classes.

But additional programs take additional money, something The Center was hoping to get from Hanover County.  In the past, the county supported the center with a $5,000 grant, but Supervisors couldn't find the money this time around.

"They still weren't able to do that, and we understand that; I mean at that point they already had a lot of things in the budget; there were a lot of other priorities," Stiles said.

Just about every weekend, this center is transformed into a wedding reception; it's one of the things that helps keep this building going, but that revenue alone is not enough to help achieve future goals.

Now, in order to grow the way they want to over the next few years, the Board of Directors will seek additional support from individuals, businesses and foundations, but as they pursue these other options -- they say they won't give up their search for funding from the county.

"We are hoping with some of our new programming and some of the strategic planning that we want to do, that they'll eventually be able to do something for us when the economic climate improves, and they see some of the new offerings that we're able to do," Stiles said.

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