Wellsville arts supporter seeks
donation for Tabernacle Arts Center
November 11, 2008 | WELLSVILLE -- When Dawnene Wilson
moved to Wellsville a little over three years ago, she
wanted to start a children's choir. She had no idea
she would be asked to direct a play, or become involved
in a fund-raising campaign for the Wellsville Tabernacle
Center for the Arts.
Wilson said she teamed up with local resident Delpha
Hall and soon turned an old building into a community
Now, Wilson not only directs a children's choir, she
directed a melodrama for Wellsville's Founder's Day
last summer and has found numerous volunteers within
the community to teach classes and help with clubs.
The center has concerts, summer art classes, literature
classes, dance classes, and even a quilting club, Wilson
said. The choir alone includes 30 to 45 children.
Wilson said many of her family members have a great
interest in music, including her son, Ben, who is in
a rock band and also played the piano in a concert last
"I'm very passionate about the arts," she said. "I
think they add such dimension to a community."
With several enthusiastic volunteers and participants,
it looks as though the arts program is on its way to
becoming a great success, and so far, it already has
However, Hall and Wilson ran into a little problem
along the way.
"The building is historic, over 100 years old," Wilson
said. "We definitely need new heating and air conditioning."
Wilson said she went to the City Council last week
to ask for a donation of $225, which would go towards
flyers advertising the program's new fundraiser. Wilson
told the council she wants to raise enough money so
the WTCA will become self-sufficient. The fund-raising
will be donated not only to a new heating and air conditioning
system, but for more activities as well.
Wilson said she is planning a Winter Ball and a silent
auction which will be held Dec. 12 at the Wellsville
"It is very important to let kids perform," Wilson
said. "Without performance, you can't educate."