The Quincy Art Center is going through some internal changes! Lana Reed, our Director of Development & Marketing, has accepted the position of Assistant Marketing Manager at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center. While we will miss Lana, she plans on staying involved in Quincy’s Art scene.
Lana has done an awesome job providing marketing and forming community partnerships over the past 7 years. Her position is being split into three different part-time positions: Beaux Arts Ball Coordinator, Marketing Manager, and Director of Development. Amanda Brown, recent Culver Stockton graduate, will be taking the position of Beaux Arts Ball Coordinator.
This time of change is a perfect opportunity to reflect on how much the Art Center has grown over the past couple of years. Before her last day on Friday, June 1, we decided to touch base with Lana about a few of her favorites.
What event are you the most proud of?
Looking back, I think revamping the High School Exhibition Opening Reception has been one of the best events I’ve spearheaded. When I started, the High School Competition was our smallest opening reception. About 80 people came, no one talked, awards were given and then they left. It was REALLY awkward so we decided to mix it up and turn it into a Teen Take Over Night. We invited area colleges which offer additional scholarships and feature a teen musician. This last year, the teens truly took over! It was our largest opening and we had 300+ people attend!
In addition to making this event less awkward, these changes provide awesome opportunities for our area youth! I had a dad of one of the scholarship recipients call me. He shared that the students had been going through a really difficult time. Winning the scholarship at the Teen Take Over Night had provided a bright spot in their life and hope for the future. – That is why the arts are so vital!
Your position is being split into 3 different part-time positions. It looks like you had a full plate…thoughts?
HA! Yes, working at a non-profit is so fun because you get to do something different every day! That being said, it can be overwhelming at times too. I think the secret to success is to keep moving. Even if you make a wrong decision, you can learn from it and make a more informed decision in the future. I am excited that my position will be split up as it gives the Art Center and those who fill the positions, room to grow. I also have learned to be an AMAZING list maker which really helps me in all areas of life!
What has been your favorite part of working at the Art Center?
Meeting all the wonderful people! Duh! Even though I am from the area (I grew up in Payson), I didn’t know a lot of people when I graduated from college. Working at the Art Center, I have been able to meet people from all walks of life which I now consider to be friends. I have gotten to know artists, volunteers, students, and patrons which has made me feel a part of this community. It also makes going into a place like Hy-Vee or Wal-Mart, a much longer experience as I always run into someone I know.
Other highlights include being part of the Painting Planters project, running the live figure group, being part of the rebranding process, seeing building renovations, and helping Quincy to be named as one of Expedia’s top artistic town two years in a row!
Did the resident Art Center ghosts ever scare you?
I’ve been pretty blessed to not bump into the QAC ghosts besides hearing a random noise here and there. I have gotten freaked out if I have been in the building alone at night, but I have never had anything scary happen. The weirdest thing was probably having “orbes” or “dust particles” show up in some photos we took in the attic.
Would you like to say anything sappy about working at the Art Center?
Art will always hold a special place in my heart. Working at the Art Center has helped me to learn more about art and develop my skills. I have loved seeing all the exhibitions, meeting the artists, and taking classes. Even though I plan on staying involved, I will miss seeing everyone every day. With such a small staff, we get to know each other so well. Leaving is bittersweet, but also very exciting too!
Congratulations to Lana & Amanda on their new positions! Stop by on Friday June at 4 p.m. to say good-bye to Lana or see her teaching at this weekend’s Germanfest on behalf of the Art Center.