Our first major landmark is to purchase and renovate the historic M. E. Gaither Mill located at 201 N College, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Its location on the edge of downtown near Sager Creek—close to parks, shopping, dining, residential neighborhoods and John Brown University—makes this building perfectly poised to accomplish our main goals.
Art in all of its glorious mediums is ultimately a form of 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.
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 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.”
I have a passion for theatre and giving back to the community, especially through the arts.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
I fell in love with theatre enough to become the COO of my own theatre company, and I'm excited to bring my experience and knowledge of theatre and film back to Siloam Springs.
Luke was born in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and started his career in entertainment in Fresno California. He trekked across Los Angeles, Hollywood, and San Francisco, studying under Ivana Chubbuck to learn character building, first in the film industry ("Last American Horror Show," "Fighting Sleep," "Poli-Tricks," "Lamb Feed") learning entertainment business, along with filming, editing, sound, lighting, directing, producing and marketing. He was then introduced to theatre performance in shows like "RENT: The Musical," "The Playhouse," and "The Great Gatsby" as Jay Gatsby. He fell in love with theatre and became the COO of his own theatre company called Fresno Soap Co. Fresno became an art/dance studio, acting, filming, editing, and directing school as well as an event center for the community, putting on live performance plays. Mr. Church moved back home and is excited to bring his experience and knowledge of theatre and film to Siloam Springs.