Kenan Center to launch 50th anniversary celebration

In 2017, the KeKenan.jpgnan Center celebrates 50 years of enriching lives in the community through cultural, educational and recreational opportunities for all ages.

“Looking back with pride, looking ahead with promise,” will kickoff on Feb. 3 with the reading of an official proclamation from Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey, an awards ceremony, announcement of exhibitions and events throughout the year, unveiling of 50th anniversary wines by Schulze Vineyards & Winery, and viewing of artworks from the forthcoming, historic exhibit opening in the Kenan Gallery on April 30 (“Three Generations of Burchfields: Works from the Schoene Collection”). Samples of the 50th anniversary fine art calendar will also be available, with local artists on hand.

Leading the planning committee that is preparing an extensive schedule of special 50th anniversary events are Kenan Center board officers Chris Marra and Selena Truax Morello.

“Over the past 50 years, the Kenan Center has grown in so many ways beyond the concept of a community center that was first presented to William Rand Kenan,” Kenan Center Executive Director Susan Przybyl said. “The buildings and grounds have undergone continual updating and improvement; programs and events have evolved as the community has changed; and our recognition as a significant regional tourism and cultural site is astounding when you look back at our humble beginnings. We are indebted to the countless volunteers who, over the years, have served on the board, guiding the center to financial and organizational stability; to those who taught classes, hung art exhibits, maintained the gardens, donated their time to events, sat on committees, and literally kept the doors open through their unwavering financial support. They are the backbone of the Kenan Center.

“We are also fortunate to have had the support of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust from the onset, and most especially Thomas S. Kenan III, Mr. Kenan’s great-nephew, whose affection for Lockport has been a great gift to the community aswell as the Kenan Center. Guiding us through the years has been Mr. Kenan’s stated wish that his property be used for the benefit of the community, with education being at the heart of his vision. We look back with pride at the five decades that the Kenan Center has fulfilled his intentions, and we look ahead with promise to what we will accomplish in the future.”

For more information about the Kenan Center, including an updated calendar, visit kenancenter.org.

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