Arts Center has new board members

Jessica Klarp
Special to The Black Mountain News

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts has added three new board members to its slate of advisers.

The 2016 roster now includes Lori Cozzi, executive director of ArtSpace Charter School; Kyle Holt, IT specialist and property manager; and Ana Prendergast, attorney with Siemen’s Family Law.

Glen Cox, vice president of the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau is the new board chairman, replacing John Richardson, owner of The Black Mountain Ale House. Richardson will continue to be a part of the arts as an arts advocate in the community.

Cox brings years of experience in nonprofits to the table. Montreat resident Philip Arnold, a former certified public accountant, will continue as vice chairman. Sandi Belfor, also a retired certified public accountant who has been on the board for three years, is treasurer. Dawn Wilson of Dawn Wilson Realty is secretary.

Prendergast will become recording secretary. Other board members include retired cardiologist Bob Headley, retired John Deere distributor Al Milton and artist Libba Tracy.

“An organization is only as good as the support offered by their board of directors,” arts center executive director Gale Jackson said. “As hard as it is to see our amazing board members leave when their term expires, we trust that they will continue to support our work here in the valley, while we look forward to the new energy their replacements bring to the table!”

The center offers a diverse slate of classes and programming, as well as concerts (Zoe & Cloyd on Feb. 13) and theater (”Dixie Swim Club” in May). Board members are critical to fundraising efforts by volunteering to organize events, such as the 11th annual Auction for the Arts on March 5 and the three-day Art in Bloom every June, as well as special awareness events such as “What’s the Buzz About Bees?” and “Bring Back the Monarchs,” both organized by Tracy.

For more about activities or events at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, located at 225 W. State St., visit or call 669-0930.