The Saint Paul based Mardag Foundation selected Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) as one of 14 nonprofit organizations to receive an award in its 2019 first round grant category of Building the capacity of arts and humanities organizations to benefit their communities. Chatfield Center for the Arts was awarded $30,000 over two years to be used for Building Capacity in Operational Infrastructure.
The grant award will support CCA in employing a full-time operations director who will focus on building programs and activities that foster local and regional engagement, patron satisfaction, financial sustainability, and volunteer growth. The operations director’s daily presence in the building will invite new activities and give voice to members of the Chatfield community. The project aims to collaborate with community stakeholders and with regional arts and educational organizations to expand outreach and education programs in the surrounding area.
Chatfield Center for the Arts, a regional non-profit arts center, encourages participation in the arts by offering activities and events that inspire creative expression, build self confidence and create memorable stories. From the Center’s inception, the leaders developed a synergy with city stakeholders based on forward thinking arts advocacy, and putting art and entertainment at center stage in the city’s historic auditorium and school complex. CCA partners with Wits’ End Community Theatre and with Chatfield Public Schools, enabling them to present their stories and music on a professional stage. To learn more about Chatfield Center for the Arts, visit their website, www.chatfieldarts.org.