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February 1, 2014

New arts center director plans to help boost Ada’s profile

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Ada — AN: What do you see your role in that mission as being?

TR: Keeping it booked. Fund raising. Raising money to pay for the projects that are going on within here.

We can and will have some functions here that will bring people here. And hopefully, by them coming here and viewing it, they’ll book it for whatever they want.

I plan on going to a lot of the service clubs and promoting the center. I would not mind going to some churches — not to steal their weddings, but they have functions too.

It’s endless, what we could offer — what we do offer — to the businesses. We can divide up some rooms. Meeting rooms. We have a kitchenette. So the facilities are here.

When a nice wedding comes in, a caterer can come in. They can set up a little buffet thing, whatever they want for nice weddings.

AN: What do you see as some of the challenges of your new position?

TR: As everybody knows in Ada, a lot of the buildings are old, and they require a lot of TLC. This is an old building, and the TLC that’s needed — that’s going to be the challenge, to keep this building ... We’ve got it looking great, with the money we spent just recently at the end of last year.

Just to keep it and facilitate it and promote it and let people know what we have here. Some of the people don’t know.

AN: What projects do you have lined up for, say, the next six months?

TR: Just to get out in the community. Promoting. Have some events that will draw some people in here that will recognize the opportunities, and book it.

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