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Our journey begins with the current board of directors' combined passion for the arts.
Our individual stories accumulate into a love for the arts and an understanding of the diversity in our area.

Our Mission

Our Mission: The SSCA exists to educate and encourage cultural awareness through visual/audio performance, theatrical production and educational opportunity in Siloam Springs and surrounding communities.

Our Goals

  • Enhance downtown Siloam Springs by adding unique opportunities to view and participate in the arts through gallery displays, theater productions, presentations and classes.
  • Become a creative force and educational resource for our community in order to positively influence the vitality of downtown Siloam Springs.
  • Celebrate the intrinsic value of the arts in our community through entertainment.
  • Encourage protection and enjoyment of the Ozarks by utilizing the arts to create awareness.

The Vision

Art - in its forms - is ultimately human expression. It is critical for communication, healing, sharing, documenting, teaching, and most importantly, building community.

We have grand plans for this historic building, both in restoring its architectural elements and restructuring it to suit our needs as a place to house art installations, theatre performances, and educational opportunities.

Through these arts we will build a cohesive community that shares and understands eachother, themselves and the importance of protecting our shared environment.

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Board of Directors

I am an integral part of the fabric of this town and my hometown of Gentry. It is vital to me that I partake in this epic journey to make art an integral part of its future.

Shawn LaBelle Hunter

President & Secretary

Shawn was encouraged to watch for fairies and believe in unicorns at a very young age, and she still believes in the power of creativity: to solve the world's problems or create friendships among people with different beliefs. Her mother instilled her with a sense of magic and a talent to fix or create anything, and her father taught her how to engineer things from scratch, make them go fast and save money. Her 23 years of experience as a single mom have taught her that anything is possible and that looking at the world should never get old. She has served in the United States Navy and learned to not take any freedom for granted. As a small business owner in Siloam Springs for over 16 years, she has, as Sam Walton said, “overcame every single one of [her] personal shortcomings by the sheer passion [she] brought to [her] work.” She's also a proud member of AEEA.

I have a passion for theatre and giving back to the community, especially through the arts.

Kolin Blakely

Vice President

Since 1990, Kolin has been involved in theatre, from set-building in high school to a minor in theatre from the University of Central Arkansas, attending courses like set design, lighting design, and acting.

During the 90s, Kolin worked at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, Arkansas as a props assistant and held various other duties at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. In 2012, he began designing and building sets for the Sager Creek Arts Center and at John Brown University with set design and construction for their theatre program.

Throughout his involvement in theatre, he has worked with all types of performances from pageants and talent shows to large musicals and traveling/touring shows. Kolin has worked with nonprofits and boards from over 20 years. More recently, he has been the executive director of the Siloam Springs Adult Development Center where he has worked with disabled adults since 2012.

I developed a passion for the Arts and got very actively involved in acting, directing, set design, and construction.

Dick Bolen

Dick spent 15 years with another community arts center before its closing four years ago. His early experience involved him in bit parts, as a stage assistant, and then as stage manager. He then spent most of those years as a board member and treasurer of the Sager Creek Arts Center and did fundraising with local businesses. His 15+ directing and acting roles were all comedic, focusing on down-home, cowboy, hillbilly shows that drew loyal followings. He and his associates were also also active in visual arts, music, summer camp for youth, and community service events.

Gary Davidson

Treasurer

Gary was born in Siloam Springs in 1973.  Most of his experience has been onstage, but he has also served as an assistant director and technical director at the now-defunct Sager Creek Art Center.  He worked closely with several projects in the heart of Cherokee country with duties including producer, camera man, location scout, set builder, and entertainer. He worked with the Superior Automotive Group for 13 years in different capacities within the Sales Department, honing his networking skills.

Jeremy Kelly

A lifelong resident of NW Arkansas, Jeremy performed in 23 stage shows at Sager Creek Arts Center and countless other events ranging from fundraisers, concerts, art shows, student films, and cabaret performances.  Jeremy served on the Sager Creek Arts Center Board of Directors for many years, two as its President.  Jeremy is the owner of J&K Event Design, where he has worked with many non-profit organizations like Sager Creek Arts Center, Rogers Public Library, Trike Theater, Western Benton County Relay for Life, The United Way, and Enchanted PROMises.

Jan Lauderdale

A veteran actor and director on stage and in films for over 40 years, Jan is drama instructor and events coordinator for the John Brown University Department of Music & Theatre.  A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she studied voice and theatre in college, Jan is cantor and music director at St. Mary Catholic Church here in Siloam Springs.  She has resided in this area for 24 years, and has served in numerous volunteer positions and boards, including Sager Creek Arts Center and the Dogwood Actors Guild.  Jan is passionate about providing opportunities for the youth of our community, especially, to express themselves through the arts.

Become a Member

Annual Support Levels

Guest Membership

available for any level
  • If you would like to give someone an impactful present for a birthday, holiday, or any day, an SSCA membership is a wonderful way to give the gift of art and community! Your gift recipient will receive notification with their membership that the gift is from you and will enjoy the benefits of membership all year long. A Gift Membership is a great way to welcome your friends and loved ones into the Siloam Springs Center for the Arts. Give a Gift Membership today or schedule monthly billing for your membership by calling 479-238-3195.

Individual Artist or Patron

$25 EACH
  • Benefits include invitation to Members Only exhibit receptions and events
  • 20% discount on select shows
  • Artist of your choice exhibitions announced on SSCA Facebook
  • Quarterly educational meeting and newsletter
  • SSCA membership window decal
  • Your bio added to SSCA website as a monthly featured artist

Brick & Mortar

Individual $100 or Family $250
  • All benefits listed as Artist or Patron above, plus:
  • Invitation to building restoration specific ‘behind the scenes’ events
  • Your choice of artist showcased on SSCA website once annually
  • One free entry of art at select show
  • Early notification of ticket availability for shows and events

Accolade

$5,000
  • All of the above, plus name recognition in foyer of new building upon completion
  • Recognition at select exhibition and openings
  • Free entry to select opening nights  
  • Recognition as sponsor of a select exhibition or opening night

Capstone

$20,000
  • Above benefits and prominent display at entrance to new building
  • Recognition at all major exhibitions and openings
  • Early and free entry to all opening nights
  • Two reserved VIP seating for all events
  •  First choice of events and ticket buying options 
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