Foundation raising funds for Meigs Performing Arts

Staff Report

POMEROY — The MPAC (Meigs Performing Arts Center) Foundation announces its formation as a non-profit organization.

The MPAC Foundation will be holding its first fundraiser this Saturday, Feb. 17, during the Cabin Fever Fest in downtown Pomeroy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the group will serve homemade soup and baked goods in the Ewing Schwartzel Community Building, located at Second and Mechanic Street. Guests are invited to enjoy some delicious hot soup, learn more about the project, and donate to the cause if they wish. For free delivery to downtown businesses, call 740-541-0358.

The mission of the MPAC Foundation is to further the economic and cultural advancement of Meigs County and the Southeast Ohio region by raising funds for the construction of a state-of-the-art performing arts center, housing a proscenium stage and 460 seat auditorium, along with a community multipurpose room and catering kitchen.

The facility’s stage would serve as a home to community organizations including, but not limited to school drama clubs, concert bands, choirs, and local performing arts organizations, such as the River City Players Community Theater and the Big Bend Community Band. It would also offer a venue for touring performances by out-of-town talent. The multipurpose room would serve as a space for fitness, dance, art classes, receptions, meetings, and more.

The facility would also offer the necessary space and technology to incorporate additional accredited career technical programs to those already available through Meigs High School, including Audio Production and Editing, Video Production and Broadcast, Musical Engineering, and Stage Design and Construction.

The MPAC Foundation is exploring every avenue to obtain the funds necessary to construct and maintain this facility, including grants, government assistance, arts-related endowments, and corporate and private sponsorship.

The MPAC Foundation is made up of dedicated community members with combined experience in local and professional performing arts, grant writing, theater technology and architecture. The Foundation’s board of directors includes Cathy Erwin, Mary Gilmore, Roger Gilmore, Jessica Holliday, Penny Mullen, Amy Perrin, and Emma Perrin.

Donations of any size are welcomed and appreciated.

To learn more or make a donation, visit the MPAC Foundation online at, or email

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