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President's Message

January-February 2019

Moving forward into 2019, we mark a significant milestone for Smith Mountain Arts Council. It’s hard to believe, but SMAC celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019. Our mission has remained unchanged since its inception, namely to provide opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in and experience various forms of the arts, to encourage free exchange of artistic ideas, to hold artistic competitions, to secure resources and community support for the arts, and to promote the study and improvement of the arts in and around Smith Mountain Lake.

As we reflect upon how we can better meet these goals, it’s an ideal time to create the organization’s strategic plan for the next few years. At a January 14 strategic planning session, SMAC’s Board of Directors will lend their vision and passion for the arts to doing just that.

Nearly 300 people enjoyed SMAC’s “Home for the Holidays” Concert at Resurrection Catholic Church on December 14. The concert featured Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO) Music Director David Stewart Wiley on piano, soprano Adelaide Trombetta, and RSO member Julee Hickcock on flute. We are fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with Maestro Wiley, who regularly brings outstanding musical talent to the lake area. 

Looking ahead, SMAC has plans for some terrific events and projects this year to celebrate its 30th anniversary. We kick things off on February 13 with a Valentine’s Concert, “For the Love of Music,” at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. David Stewart Wiley and wife, Leah, will join hometown favorites, Philip and Tara Bouknight, for this special event. Get your tickets early because we expect a sell-out! Tickets go on sale on the SMAC website on January 7. General Admission $25, SMAC Members, $17.

Lake Writers are producing an anthology of short stories and poems for SMAC’s 30th anniversary celebration. The title is a secret for now. What do you think it should be? Look for it in the early Spring.

Barb Nocera


Want to volunteer for SMAC committees? Call Kathy Orth at 297-4819.

The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC), established in 1989, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and serves a large geographic area surrounding Smith Mountain Lake.

SMAC is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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P.O. Box 70 - Moneta, VA 24121

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