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Donation to fund arts outreach at PAA

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

By HOLLY KOZELSKY - Bulletin Staff Writer

A $100,000 donation in memory of a local woman will establish a new fund at Piedmont Arts.

The Kathryn Ascough Smith Memorial Arts Education Fund will be created with a $100,000 donation from Smith’s sister, Julia Ascough Work.

The fund will enable the organization to continue and to expand its outreach programs, Piedmont Arts Executive Director Kathy Rogers announced Monday during the J. Clyde Hooker Jr. Awards ceremony. Smith and Work received the Hooker award, which honors contributions to the arts and culture in Martinsville and Henry County.

Piedmont Arts’ outreach programs include efforts in the schools, Family Day events, trips to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and more.

With the funding, the organization also will “seek out new and exciting ways to reach both students and adults,” Rogers said.

Smith and Work’s grandparents, the Schottlands, donated the Starling Avenue home in which Piedmont Arts now is located.

Smith, who died in March, was known for her support of the arts. She served on the board of Piedmont Arts and was a co-chairman of its Shared Vision Campaign, which raised $2.5 million for expansion in the late 1990s.

Piedmont Arts hopes to grow the new fund through donations earmarked for educational outreach, Rogers stated in a news release.

Work said, “Last year, when Kay was sick, we talked about what we could do together” that would provide meaningful support for the arts in Martinsville. The fund was their solution.

It also will be used to establish an art therapy program for caregivers at Piedmont Arts, according to the release.

An educational fund is a perfect way to honor her sister, Work said, for three reasons: She “loved Piedmont Arts ... loved teaching .. and loves children.”

“We will be eternally grateful for Kay’s support of Piedmont Arts and will continue to feel the impact of her legacy on the organization,” Rogers said in the release. “The generosity shown by both Kay and Julie is why they are so deserving of this year’s J. Clyde Hooker Award.” The award was given to them Monday night and accepted by Work and by Smith’s family.

Smith also served on the State Board of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, appointed by the former Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia, according to Bulletin reports.

She was past president of the Garden Study Club and a sustaining member of Charity League. She served on the Special Education Advisory Board of Martinsville City Schools and the boards of directors of Edwards Adult Day Care Center, Memorial Hospital, Carlisle School and Piedmont Community Services.

She was a member of Broad Street Christian Church.

Contributions to the Kathryn Ascough Smith Memorial Arts Education Fund may be made at Piedmont Arts or online at


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