A campaign to restore windows of the Carnegie Center for the Arts, 701 N. Second, Dodge City, has concluded and the board of directors plans to recognize the success during Final Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 26.
The $250,000 Windows of Opportunity started in 2015 and thanks to a partnership with public and private entities, donors and supporters of the historic building the goal was reached by Dec. 31, 2017.
The Carnegie building serves as the home for the Dodge City Area Arts Council.
Donors and supporters are encouraged to attend the Jan. 26 Final Friday, and enjoy a bowl of chili.
Besides celebrating the success of the campaign, the board will have a brief annual meeting to select officers and open an exhibit by Valery Shilaev, a Russian painter.
"The board encourages people to attend the annual meeting, join the Dodge City Area Arts Council," said board president Dave Bergmeier, adding an annual membership only costs $35 in 2018. "Events and activities are a result of input from members who appreciate what art and culture mean to all residents, regardless of age or socio-economic background."
The arts council acts as a coordinating, educational and service organization to promote, encourage and increase the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts in Dodge City and southwest Kansas.
The completion of the Windows of Opportunity Campaign was a tangible example of the commitment people have for the iconic Carnegie, which history dates back to 1905 when it was built to serve the community as a public library.
Dr. R.C. and Mary Trotter, longtime Dodge City residents, served as co-chairs of the fund drive. Stan Herd, known for his paintings as well as highly visible projects in agriculture, served as an honorary chairman for the Windows of Opportunity fundraising campaign.
"The campaign has been a lengthy one but one that raised great awareness of what the Carnegie building means to people not only in Dodge City but throughout the state," Bergmeier said. "The synergy of the campaign has not only restored the beautiful windows on the exterior it has carried over to the inside and the pride shines.
"We encourage people to come in and take a look at all the work that has been done. All the work is really impressive."