401 W Main St
Danville KY 40422-1815
Contact Information
Address 401 W Main St
Danville, KY 40422 1815
Phone (859) 236-4054
Contact Name Kate Snyder
Web and Social Media
The Community Arts Center is a place where creativity and innovation live.
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2004
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

The exhibits, classes, and outreach activities of the Community Arts Center are made possible by community support. Your donation - whether of time or treasure - unleashes art into our community.


  • Financial Donations - Financial contributions to the Community Arts Center may be made by mailing a check, visiting, or by calling 859.236.4054. Gifts may also be given in honor or memory of a friend or loved one.
  • Matching Gifts - Employers have matching-gift programs through which your generosity can be multiplied and the Community Arts Center is eligible for many of these programs. Please check with your employer.
  • Bequests - Your will is the cornerstone of your estate planning efforts - your most important legal document. Including the Community Arts Center in your will is a terrific opportunity to ensure that the programs and exhibits you love will be enjoyed by our community for many years to come.
  • Corporate Sponsorships - Many businesses in the community support the Community Arts Center through corporate sponsorships. Sponsoring an exhibit, event, or program can have significant marketing value and provide great visibility to the business while helping to make our community a more vibrant place to live and work.
  • Volunteer - Volunteers are the life-blood of our organization, making all of our events possible. From greeting visitors to shepherding children through hands-on exhibits to assisting class instructors, there are a wide range of ways to get involved! Please visit or contact Kate Snyder, Development Director, at kate@communityartscenter. to find out more.


Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The mission of the Community Arts Center is to create transformative arts opportunities for every member of the community through exhibits, education, and community outreach.  

The Community Arts Center nurtures your soul. Exhibits presented by the Arts Center feature exemplary pieces created by gifted, innovative, and inspired artists from around the globe. These works serve to engage the mind and awaken the spirit. The Arts Center’s rotating exhibits highlight the best of our local and regional artists.

Community Arts Center fosters your creativity. Educational offerings at the Arts Center unleash the artist in all of us. Whether you are working to hone your artistic skills or expressing yourself through art for the very first time, the Arts Center is a safe place to let your creativity soar.

The Community Arts Center enriches your community. The arts reach beyond experiencing or creating something beautiful. A thriving arts scene can lead to improved early learning, higher educational achievement, increased teacher and parent engagement, enlivened elderly, better citizens, and enhanced business performance. In short, the Arts Center helps make it better here.   

Background Statement

Since its construction in 1909, the Community Arts Center facility has housed the United States Postal Service, military recruitment and federal law offices. In 2004, the dilapidated building was completely renovated through extensive community involvement and support. Since the grand reopening in January 2005, the Community Arts Center has served as a hub for community engagement and cultural and artistic programs. The Arts Center’s activities highlight and nurture the artistic skill that exists within our community, while also showcasing artists from throughout the state and beyond. Exhibits, classes, and performances include many artistic mediums and genres, and expose the community to a variety of artistic outlets and experiences in the visual arts, music, theatre, and dance.


Impact Statement
In the past year, the Arts Center boasted a wide range of accomplishments which illustrated its impact on the community it serves. 
  • 188 professional artists and 390 student artists exhibited;
  • 2,033 works of art displayed;
  • 41 need-based scholarships awarded worth $4,106;
  • 19,855 visitors from 45 KY counties, 31 states, and 6 foreign countries visited the Arts Center;
  • 3,696,000 dance steps taken at ballroom dance classes;
  • School-based arts outreach served 120 students in 3 districts weekly;
  • A new paint-your-own pottery studio opened in the basement;
  • New themed Arts Exploration Camps doubled the number of children participating in summer camp;
  • New exterior ramp makes exhibits and classes accessible to individuals with limited mobility;
  • Free “Munchkin and Me” preschool art class launched for low-income families;
  • Newly-designed field trip curriculum inclusive of students with special needs.


Needs Statement
The Community Arts Center is a small, nonprofit organization. The Arts Center’s staff of six individuals has the passion of an army of arts enthusiasts; however, the reality is that we need your support to truly make a difference in our community. Our major needs are:
  • Program Support – Each year, the Community Arts Center offers hundreds of educational programs, exhibits, and events. Your gift will enable the Arts Center to be the creative spark that inspires a child, a teacher, a doctor, a school district, or our whole community to incorporate the arts as a more central and permanent component of daily life.
  • Volunteers – Our volunteers are the Arts Center. They are the face of the organization, the ones who put the paint brush in a child’s hand, and the ones who communicate the wonder of art.
  • Class Scholarships – Many of the Arts Center programs are free of charge, however some of our classes offering in-depth instruction are offered at a nominal rate. Scholarships help ensure that every would-be student is able to participate in classes.
  • Art Supplies – Would Picasso have happened without a paintbrush? The Arts Center is always in need of art supplies for classes, programs, and creative spaces.
  • Art Teachers – The Arts Center relies on passionate and qualified art teachers to provide year-round, in-depth instruction in the visual arts, music, and drama.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Visual Arts
Geographic Areas Served
Boyle County
Garrard County
Lincoln County
Mercer County

The Community Arts Center primarily serves Danville/Boyle
County. It also draws a significant number of arts instructors, participants, audiences and students from a large portion of central Kentucky - Anderson, Casey, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Mercer, Rockcastle, Taylor, and Washington counties.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Barbara Hall
Company Affiliation Centre College, Retired
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board Members
Ms. Jennifer Ahnquist Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Thomas Baeker Commonwealth Cancer CenterExofficio
Mr. Gary Barkman RetiredVoting
Ms. Deborah Cullen RetiredVoting
Mrs. Margo Goodwin RetiredVoting
Mr. Steve Griffin American GreetingsVoting
Barbara Hall Centre CollegeVoting
Mr. Steve Hoffman Norton Center for the ArtsVoting
Mrs. Niki Kinkade Great American Brass Band FestivalVoting
Ms. Alethea Price Boyle County Extension OfficeVoting
Dr. Aaron Rodocker Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical CenterVoting
Mr. Matt Sirasky Kerbaugh & RodesVoting
Mr. Chris Tucker Attorney with Sheehan, Barnett, Dean, Pennington, Little and Dexter, PSCVoting
Ms. Sarah Wiltsee Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel
CEO Comments

Since undergoing board training in 2009, the Arts Center has made a purposeful effort in recruiting and engaging new board members that
reflect the composition of the Danville community and have a passion for the mission of the organization. The Arts Center will continue its efforts to increase board, volunteer, and programming diversity to ensure engagement with the diverse populations of central Kentucky and accessibility of our offerings to the community.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Mary Beth Touchstone
Term Start Feb 2009
Mary Beth Touchstone became the Executive Director of the Community Arts Center in February 2009 after taking early retirement from JPMorgan Chase where she was a Managing Director and Vice President responsible for large-scale global technology projects.  She has had an extensive career in banking with broad experience in accounting, technology, and operations.

Mary Beth is an accomplished portrait photographer having been awarded Houston's prestigious 2008 Photographer of the Year in Individual Portraiture and 2009 Photographer of the Year in Group Portraiture. She is a volunteer photographer for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and Kentucky's Special Needs Adoption Program.

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Mary Beth's volunteer activities also included serving as board member and then president of the Association of Management Information in Financial Services, a nonprofit providing educational and networking opportunity to management accountants.  Mary Beth has just joined the board of directors for the Heart of Danville Main Street Program.
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 150
Contractors 10
Retention Rate 67%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography Brandon Long has served as the Program Director at the Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky since 2007, with a period (2007-2009) during which he also served as Executive Director of the organization. He graduated from Georgetown College with a BA in Fine Arts in 2001.


Long is a practicing fine artist in a wide range of media including (but not limited to) photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, mixed-media, and digital arts. He has served as a scenery artist- painting signage, murals, scenery, and building set pieces for West T. Hill Community Theatre (Danville, KY) since 1995. During college, Long painted murals for clients in private residences as well as the Red Cross (Danville, KY). 


In 2012, Long led the Community Arts Center’s first “temporary” mural project, painting 23 windows of an empty façade on Main Street to celebrate Danville’s location as the site of the Vice-Presidential debate. The mural received overwhelming positive community support, earned a community award for “Best Visual Display” from the Heart of Danville, and a photograph of the mural was featured in the Chicago-Sun Times.


Brandon served as the 2013 official artist for the Great American Brass Band Festival, designing posters, t-shirts, and lapel pins for the annual event. In conjunction with the festival, Long and the Community Arts Center created the second temporary mural on Main Street featuring brass musicians. Photographs of the mural in progress were picked up by the Associated Press for national distribution.

Title Associate Director for Marketing and Development
Title Education Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description The Arts Center provides educational classes and workshops in a variety of disciplines, including the visual arts, drama, dance, and music.  


  • Starry Night Studio – A social, painting experience where instruction is given on the techniques of a specific painting. The Arts Center provides supplies for participants to create their own masterpiece.
  • Arts Exploration Camps – Week-long summer camps for children in grades K-12 that feature hands-on activities in music, visual art, theatre, and dance to ensure artistic engagement beyond the school year.
  • Lisi’s Art Lab – The lab is a free creative space for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary school students with their families. 
  • Lunch with the Arts – This monthly series is a smorgasbord of artistic styles, forms, and time periods. In recent years, LWTA has showcased a ragtime piano performance, the Chinese pipa, folk music on the ukulele, and visual art ranging from the landscape art of Jon Carloftis to the glass works of Stephen Powell. 
  • Classes – A variety of public classes in all artistic genres are offered by the Arts Center throughout the year, including visual arts, ballroom dance, ceramics, and drama.  
  • Lessons – Independent arts instructors provide private lessons to students of all ages. These lessons enable students to pursue advanced instruction.


Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
The Arts Center often takes our art beyond the walls of the building.  
  •  Arts Cart -- Often dubbed "Art with a Heart," the Arts Cart takes arts activities to those with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities, or those who are touched by poverty. We partner with service organizations to identify those in need of valuable arts experiences regardless of their abilities. Arts Cart makes arts activities, such as painting, drawing, and music-making accessible to members of the community who otherwise may not have an opportunity to experience them.
  • Public Art - Throughout the year, the Arts Center produces rotating temporary murals in downtown Danville that have garnered national attention.
  • After-School Art Programs - The Arts Center partners with local school districts to provide hands-on arts education to students participating in school-based after-school programs.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Creative Arts Therapy
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),

The Community Arts Center presents rotating exhibits that fill its three gallery spaces year-round. Several annual exhibits anchor the exhibition calendar, including:

  • New Year New Art - This annual invitational exhibit challenges local and regional artists to produce brand new work. All work in the exhibit must have been created in the previous six months and can not have been shown publicly before.
  •  Horizon: Contemporary Landscape – An annual juried exhibit that features work by local, regional and national artists and is judged each year by renowned, professional artists and/or arts educators. 
  • Bi-monthly exhibits – Local, regional, national and international artists are featured in our three galleries, whose content changes on a monthly or quarterly basis. Artist receptions provide an opportunity for community members to meet the artists on exhibit.


Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2015
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The Arts Center has ongoing partnerships with the following
-Danville Cultural District - an organization that exists to promote the cultural activities of Danville. The Arts Center Executive Director is on the Steering Committee and the Arts Center acts as fiscal sponsor for the group.

-Ephraim McDowell Health – High School Artist Project, a program and exhibit in which area high school students recreate renowned works.
The project enhances the healing environment of the hospital and serves to build self-esteem in participants. 
-Arts Commission of Danville – Youth Art Fair, a show presenting work of area elementary to secondary students.
-Boyle County Public Library – Arts Center offers joint programming with the library.
-Sister City Commission – Arts Center staff serve on the commission and support Irish Week activities.
- Pioneer Vocational Services - A social service organization for adults with developmental delays. Pioneer Services is a location for our Arts Cart outreach program.
- McDowell Place -A senior citizen residence, and a location for our Arts Cart outreach program. 
- Danville Independent Schools - Arts Center offers after-school arts programming for Admirals Academy  and facilitates the Bate Middle School Art Club 
Positive Preservation in the BluegrassBlue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation (BGT) and the U.S. Department of the Interior2007
Kentucky Art from the Heart GalleryKentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services2010
Outstanding Volunteer - Ginny BirneyChamber of Commerce2009
Heart of Gold Award for Undertaking Development DowntownHeart of Danville2005
Heart and Soul Award for Preserving DowntownHeart of Danville2011
Innovative Program Award for “Art in Action: Growing Awareness Through the Arts”KY Association of Sexual Assault Programs2011
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $353,500.00
Projected Expenses $324,800.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$49,981$49,622$41,279
Individual Contributions$321,135$252,291$264,449
Investment Income, Net of Losses$254$204$150
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events----$0
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$385,191$394,348$327,885
Administration Expense$28,037$27,476$25,943
Fundraising Expense$39,043$27,948$27,720
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.110.991.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%88%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%9%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,012,991$1,009,717$1,056,253
Current Assets$251,044$247,067$269,054
Long-Term Liabilities$152,617$197,658$240,204
Current Liabilities----$0
Total Net Assets$860,374$812,059$816,049
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 401 W Main St
Danville, KY 404221815
Primary Phone 859 236-4054
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Beth Touchstone
Board Chair Dr. Barbara Hall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Centre College, Retired