First of all, let me say that I am extremely pleased with the quality and quantity of classes, programs and events that the Education Center has offered during my first 6 months as Director. I have had the good fortune to take over a school that had well established classes, with outstanding instructors and a loyal student population. I brought in a few new ideas and give all the credit to talented and experienced teachers.
Our year end numbers indicate that we offered over 53 classes, with about 280 participants from February – November 2015.
The Education Center will be closed for most classes until February 2016. However, the individual music lessons will continue on Mondays. I will be working on spring scheduling and grant applications during the holidays, and have already secured some great new events for our opening. We are hosting the “Great War – Arkansas in World War I” exhibit, sponsored by the Arkansas Historical Commission, from February 16-25, a 12 banner panel that showcases images from the Arkansas History Commission’s holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps and historical objects that tell the story of Arkansas’s role during World War I.
Other programs and classes in the spring lineup include our standard painting, photography and stained glass classes, with a return of herbs, cake decorating, computer, automobile safety and jewelry crafts. I hope to expand with classes on dog behavior, safe boating, stress reduction, culinary arts, and a concealed weapon permit course.
Keep checking our facebook page: FFB Community Education Center, for the most up-to-date information. Also, during the month of January, some classes might be independently taught at the newly opened Fairfield Bay Lanes bowling alley.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and thank you for your support,