PO Box 128
101 East Main Street
Mt Sterling KY 40353-0128
Contact Information
Address PO Box 128
101 East Main Street
Mt Sterling, KY 40353 0128
Phone (859) 498-6264
Fax 859 499-1907
Contact Name Jeanette Tesmer
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Other ways to support the Montgomery Co Council for the Arts and Gateway Regional Arts Center:  by phone/credit card: 859-498-6264; membership accepted all year by mailing check to PO Box 128, Mt. Sterling, KY  40353. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The purpose of the Gateway Regional Arts Center is to promote, enhance and contribute to the educational, artistic and cultural lives of those living in Central and Eastern Kentucky.  
The Council will serve as a supportive agency for artists and organizations contributing to the cultural climate of our community.

   In 1991 the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Commission formed an advisory group of eight individuals to address the need for arts and cultural activities in Montgomery County. This group presented the “Fall for the Arts!” festival in the fall of 1991, followed by another festival in the spring of 1992 to celebrate the Bicentennial of Mt. Sterling.
   Understanding the need and desire for arts and cultural activities in our
community, this group then moved to form an autonomous organization called the Montgomery County Council for the     Arts. Since 1992 this group presented many
projects and programs for the community and surrounding area.
   In 1996 the arts council had the opportunity to renovate a store front on Main Street in what is known as the “Main Cross Development”. Renovations had been completed in the upstairs and on the facades of the buildings, leaving the interiors to be refurbished. After a brief capital campaign and a year later, the interior was ready to house the “Gallery for the Arts”. This gallery served as office, storage, Art Shop and Gallery for 10 years.
   The Art Shop was initiated as a store where local and regional artists may sell their art work. One of the missions of the arts council is to showcase the art work of emerging local and regional artists as well as artists from surrounding states.
   The Gallery displayed over 120 exhibits that ranged from traditional to “cutting edge” contemporary pieces. The Gallery received accolades from the Kentucky Arts Council and other arts organizations from across the state for the presenting a balance of traditional and thought provoking exhibits.
   While the Gallery for the Arts has grown in reputation, it is but one of the many projects and programs that the Montgomery County Council for the Arts has been involved in developing. Examples of annual programs include: The Sterling Singers, The Noteables Community Youth Chorus, the Summer Playhouse and Summer Stock Theatre Camps, an Annual Regional Student Art Show, the Advent Musicale, Small Town America Festival, Gateway Camera Club, and many additional projects.
   As the Arts Council grew in its breadth of programming so did its need for space and consolidation. In 2002 the opportunity arose for the council to purchase the Historic First United Methodist Church on Main Street. After much thought and investigation the Arts Council Board decided it was time to invest in the future of the arts in Montgomery County.
   Through grants and fund raising efforts we were able to begin work in 2007. On September 19, 2009 we celebrated the Grand Opening of the Gateway Regional Arts Center with over 800 people attending the Sunday afternoon open house.
With this 12,000 square foot facility we now have the ability to consolidate programming under one roof. Our new space includes a visual arts studio for classes, a resource library entitled the Wilson Room that is home to a gift of Contemporary Kenyan Art Collection donated by the Ruth Hunt Wood Foundation, a music rehearsal room, the Lewis Apperson White Performance Hall, a small performance café, an
additional classroom, and dressing rooms. We are currently seeking funding for theatre lights in the performance hall and a commercial kitchen to finish our cafe area.
   Now we are entering our third year in our Arts Center and the programming continues to expand for our community and region. We truly are an Arts Center for everyone to enjoy!
Impact Statement
- We have expanded our collaborations/partnerships to include area universities (University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, MSU at Mt. Sterling and the MSU Center for Regional Engagement to present:
Empty Bowls project with MSU art students creating bowls to benefit local food pantry, performances by MSU Chamber Choirs, UK Opera Students, UK Jazz Students, MSU Visual Art exhibit, performances by MSU and UK theatre departments, MSU Black Gospel Ensemble, and MSU Concert Choirs
- Honored as 2nd Best Local Performing Arts Center by KY Living Magazine
- We have increased our programming to include:  workshops for children and adults; utilization of nationally & internationally renowned artists:  National Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Sherri Warner Hunter Mosaic Artist leading a Community Build Mosaic Project, Arturo Sandoval Fiber Artist, the Haitian Harmony Children's Chorus, and Native American Music Award nominee Cody. Sunbear Blackbird
- We now have a regional chorus called "The Noteables" that includes a children's chorus from our community and one from Richmond, KY, performing together in concert.
- Our Young Adult team has begun an Open Mic Night that has been very successful in bringing in 21-35 year olds as performers and audience.
Needs Statement
- We need to complete the renovations of the Gateway Regional Arts Center.  These renovations include:  permanent theatre lights for the Lewis Apperson White Performance Hall, acoustical sound panels for the Hall, stage curtains, completion of the Small Performance Cafe (naming possibility): appliances for kitchen, additional cafe tables and chairs.  Cost: $240,000
- We need additional funding to hire a Program Director:  $45,000
- Additional funds to sustain our quality arts programs and projects: $25,000
- Marquee outside to announce upcoming events:  $35,000
CEO/Executive Director Statement
The Montgomery County Council for the Arts (DBA Gateway Regional Arts Center) has been a strong and steadily growing organization since 1991.  Every year we work to provide quality arts programming to reach:  children, senior citizens, those with disabilities, those of different cultures and ethnicity, socio economic backgrounds and sexual orientation. 
Our Mission is to provide the best of educational opportunities for those individuals residing in our Gateway Area.
Now that our home is the Gateway Regional Arts Center we have had the opportunity to expand our programming to reach an even wider audience.
Through our center we offer: an ArtShop for local and regional artists to sell their work and become self sustaining; we have wonderful 1st Friday Openings in the Gallery where our community has the opportunity to meet and talk with artists from around the country;  our music concerts are an opportunity for hearing quality music ranging from Classical to Gospel to Bluegrass; we are home to our local 2 Blocks off Broadway theatre troupe;  and we have expanded our workshops and classes to offer a variety of educational opportunities in the arts.
Throughout the 20 years this organization has been in existence we are striven to be the best educational opportunity in the arts as well as the best for entertainment by quality artists.  We are very proud of what we have accomplished and were recognized for our accomplishments by the Kentucky Arts Council as the 2003 Best Arts Organization in Kentucky!
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Performing Arts Centers
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Geographic Areas Served
Bath County
Clark County
Fleming County
Menifee County
Montgomery County
Nicholas County
Powell County
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Ellen Morgan
Company Affiliation Gateway Dental Care
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Board Members
Allen BlairDept. of TransporationVoting
Elizabeth DavisJames E. Davis Attorney at LawVoting
Crystal DempseyDept. of TransporationVoting
Jansje HayekRetiredVoting
Dr. Danielle KingPhysicianNonVoting
Melissa KingTraditional BankVoting
Margaret KingPeoples BankVoting
Jeffrey LilesMound MagazineVoting
Dr. Ellen MorganGateway Dental CareVoting
Mrs. Tracy PearceExecutive Director Mont. Co. Tourist Com.NonVoting
Mrs. Jenny RosaniaCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mike SeeligRetiredVoting
Pam SimmonsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Rev. Rick StaffordAntioch Christian ChurchVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Cay Ramey Lane
Term Start July 1991
Cay has been with the Montgomery County Council for the Arts since it's inception in 1991.  She served as President for 4 years and then hired as Executive Director since.
Education includes a Masters in Arts Education from the University of Kentucky. 
Work experience includes:
- Graphic artist for Medical Arts and Graphics, 1979-85
- Director for Montgomery County Council for the Arts - 1997-present
Co-CEO Ms. Cay Ramey Lane
Term Start Jan 1995
Served as President of Montgomery County Council for the Arts from 1991 - 1995.
Served on many local boards and organizations since 1991.
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description The Annual Advent Musicale is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.  The program consist of 35 local and regional singers rehearsing for 13 weeks.  They then combine with approximately 12 musicians from the Lexington Philharmonic and are under the direction of Dr. George Zack.  An evening Classical music and readings is presented in a historic Episcopal Church in downtown Mt. Sterling.  A tradition that has remained strong for 25 years.
Description Summer Playhouse and Summer Stock Theatre Camps willtcelebrate 20 years of existence.  Through these week long summer camps 42 children ages 7 - 12 learn the basics of theatre and perform 2 plays at the end of the week.  They learn life skills such as diction, confidence, team work, and problem solving.
Description The Annual Regional Art Show is held the last of April each year and reaches children in grades K-12 from all over the Gateway Area.  Students bring 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional artwork to display and compete for ribbons and prizes.  This program offers children an opportunity to exhibit their work, network with their peers, and to be recognized for their outstanding art.  During the most recent art show we had 500 pieces of art on display and 275 participants.
Description Each year we offer an up close and personal opportunity for an audience to listen to and meet professional musicians/vocalists during Salons.  The Salons are held in homes and offer experiences in:  Opera, Jazz, and Classical music.  Performances are followed by a reception also in the home where the audience can meet and talk with performers about their art form. Usually we offer 3-4 Salons per year.
Each month we feature a different artist in the Arts Center Gallery.  The 1st Friday is our Opening Reception that includes a Gallery Talk by the artist currently on display.  This gives our audience an opportunity to ask questions of the artist and to gain some insight in how/why the artist creates a piece of work.
Through the Gallery we offer exhibits that include 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, contemporary, traditional, and that are thought provoking.
It is a great opportunity for our community to see new and different art, meet the artist, and gain an understanding of the art on display.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Funding continues to a challenge to secure for our arts center in a rural community.  Sources that we have been able to rely on in the past are having to cut donations due to the impact of the economy on their own businesses. 
Our organization continues to seek new revenue streams and ideas for raising the funds to maintain a sustained arts center.  We initiated a "Corporate Ask" this year in which we requested funding in the amount of $1200 from each business/corporation to be utilized for our operations and programming.  We are in need of additional corporate support to ensure that we remain and viable and vibrant regional arts center.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 15
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2013
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Our arts council collaborates on many programs.  Some of which include:
Kentucky Arts Council
KY Center for the Arts - ArtsReach Program
Montgomery County Education Foundation
Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling
Gateway Children's Services
Dubois Community Center
Mt. Sterling/Montgomery County Public Library
Montgomery County School System
University of Kentucky Music and Opera Department
Morehead State University Music Department
Morehead State University Theatre Dept.
Morehead State University Art Dept.
Mt. Sterling Tourist Commission
Mt. Sterling/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Kiwanis Club of Mt. Sterling
Sterling Meadows Assisted Living
2 Blocks Off Broadway Community Theatre
Gateway Camera Club
Gate City Fine Arts Guild
Montgomery County Health Dept.
Montgomery County Schools
Community Education
Early Childhood Program
Boy Scouts
Area Churches
Govenor's Award in the Arts for Best Community Arts OrganizationKentucky Arts Council2003
2nd Place for 2010 Best Local Performance CenterKY Living Magazine2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $250,000.00
Endowment Value $400,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$72,390$4,505$2,290
Investment Income, Net of Losses$27,969($15,912)($910)
Membership Dues--$0$46,701
Special Events--$0--
Revenue In-Kind--$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$99,222$140,269$137,486
Administration Expense$112,042$81,011$75,428
Fundraising Expense$13,272$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.752.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses44%63%65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,144,823$1,841,911$1,896,549
Current Assets$725,196$655,924$701,435
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities$846$0--
Total Net Assets$1,870,019$1,841,911$1,896,549
Form 990s
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2015 2015 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 990
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We have additional needs for completing our Arts Center that include: audience risers, chairs for small performance cafe, commercial kitchen equipment, one man portable lift, marquee sign.
Goal $150,000.00
Dates Mar 2014 to July 2017
Amount Raised To Date 50000 as of Mar 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address PO Box 128
101 East Main Street
Mt Sterling, KY 403530128
Primary Phone 859 498-6264
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cay Ramey Lane
Board Chair Dr. Ellen Morgan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gateway Dental Care