Art Center party jumpstarts membership drive

By: 
JENNY GESSAMAN
Reporter

Lewistown Art Center Director Linda Tullis stands with Sandy Birkland, Blanche Chapman and Assistant Director Mary Callahan Baumstark during Saturday’s LAC 45 Membership Celebration.

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Carter

Two thunderstorms rolled over Brewery Flats Saturday afternoon, but weather couldn’t stop the Lewistown Art Center from hosting the LCA 45 Membership Celebration. In fact, Assistant Director Mary Callahan Baumstark was happy with the turnout.

“It was a great party on a terrible day,” she laughed.

Baumstark reported roughly 75 people attended the LAC’s effort to “celebrate 45 years of our organization and to kick off our membership drive.”

Despite gray skies and a few raindrops, the afternoon saw kids doing ceramics, as well as a find-and-draw nature scavenger hunt. Adults were able to take cover by the John Turner Education Building, and in two tents donated to the event, according to Baumstark.

“We had a bunch of people bundled up who toughed it out,” she said.

Many members renewed, but the afternoon did see several new members sign up, an exciting step for Baumstark and LAC. The center is several weeks into its annual membership drive, and Center staff has set high goals for this year’s numbers.

“We’re hoping to get 100 new members for a total of 500 members,” Baumstark said.

She saw Saturday’s event as a way to introduce potential members to the sense of community in and around the Lewistown Arts Center. Baumstark also hopes to entice more new names with some new membership perks.

“In addition to offering new activities at the Lewistown Arts Center, we’re trying to offer new benefits to members,” she said.

Baumstark pointed out LAC is a member of the North America Reciprocal Museum Association, a group of almost 900 museums in North America. Presenting a current membership card gets you free or member admission to any participating museum.

This year, the LAC membership cards also gets you deals at six local businesses, such as Brooks Market.

Baumstark said the Art Center will be focused on its membership goals the rest of the month, and invited anyone curious about joining to come visit.

“I encourage folks to come try it out,” she said.

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