The LaFontaine Arts Council was first organized in the early 1970’s. In 1985, the council reorganized, and in 1987 the Council was infused with new leadership that reflected a period of steady growth and recognition. In 2020, the Council moved to its current home within the Huntington Arts & Entrepreneurial Center.
Arts in Education programming was first implemented in all Huntington County Schools in 1990. The Arts in Education series of activities seeks to enhance creative opportunities and strengthen cultural awareness in students in grades PreK-12. Arts in Education is a tool that makes the arts accessible to our students and elevates their ability to learn. In addition to in-school programming, the Council is dedicated to providing public sources of art outreach as well, for all community members to enjoy.
Arts in Education in Huntington is made possible by continuous financial support from businesses, individuals, grant awards and memberships.
The Lafontaine Arts Council seeks to promote and present the arts to the entire community with a special emphasis on providing yearly in-school arts in education programming for all Huntington County students. The Council is dedicated to continuing to offer culturally rich and artistic opportunities important to the quality of life in Huntington County.
Goals and Objectives
- To ignite creativity in students’ thinking and problem solving through arts in education programming
- To improve cultural opportunities to the Huntington County community
- To cultivate an appreciation for the arts and to develop an understanding of various forms of artistic expression
- To increase awareness of the arts programming opportunities in the region
- To encourage participation in the arts
- To encourage citizens to become patrons of the arts
- To promote an understanding of multicultural differences and diversity
- To reinforce the importance of positive attitudes and student behavior
- To further promote the cooperation between educators, the arts community and the LaFontaine Arts Council
President: Dana Spahr, Graphic Artist, OSV
Vice President: Angie Garcia, Office Administrator-Huntington Co. Chamber
Secretary: Jessi Brown, Library Director
Treasurer: Debbie Dyer, Retired – Former ED
Executive Director: Katy Strass, Arts Center Director – Pathfinders Services
Additional Board Members
Paula Bittner – Owner, Four Corners Custom Framing
Robert Blackham – Design Engineer
Erin Didion – Love INC
Adam Drummond – International Center for Leadership in Education
Barb Drummond – Manufacturing VP
Samantha Garcia – Lake City Bank
Kathryn Garrett – Delaney Hartburg Roth & Garrett
Laura Hughes – Parkview
Lisa Loza – Artist
Kelly Miller – Love INC.
Ruth Reed – Secondary Educator
Ann Siegfried – Retired Educator
Jill Jamison – CPA
Governance and Management
The Board of Directors of the Lafontaine Arts Council is a diverse group of 21 individuals who volunteer service in each of their areas of expertise. The board determines policy, establishes operational procedures, approves budgets and evaluates programs and activities. An executive director oversees and manages daily operation of the Council, provides leadership and actively participates, along with the board, in fundraising, organizing and implementing programs and activities.