Newcomerstown welcomes a newly-formed organization, ARTSNCT -- An Alliance of the Arts will begin operations January 2016.

Michael Wise, who will be at its helm as executive director, has created the nonprofit arts organization for the youth and the community.

ARTSNCT's mission is to actively support and the promote education of the arts through training, performance, exhibition, publication, and other means possible. And that means that ARTSNCT is destined to be an organization that wears many hats and will lend a helping hand and support to many local events and activities.

To establish a solid foundation on which to build, Wise presented some of his goals and ideas to a select group of professionals before asking for their support of the organization.

ARTSNCT currently has an acting board of directors until its bylaws are finalized. Acting President is Eric S. Spears, senior technical writer/editor at Human Solutions, Inc. Acting Vice President is Andrew Wackerfuss, PhD., a professor at Georgetown University, and historian for the U.S. Air Force. Spears and Wackerfuss's expertise and connections to the arts in Washington, DC has already proved more than beneficial to the organization.

An Honorary Board of Directors has also been established. These individuals have pledged to provide their support and expertise to ARTSNCT, and to act as liaisons to their own organizations and businesses. Honorary Chairman is Pat Cadle, Mayor-elect of Newcomerstown. Honorary Directors are Heather Stein-Wells and K. Kristi Wilkin, both of the Newcomerstown Village Council; Dave Archer, Newcomestown

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Schools' Board of Education; Jeff Staggs, Newcomerstown Schools' superintendent; and David "Cody" Addy, director of Newcomerstown Public Library.

Mike Hoskins has also agreed to provide his musical expertise. Mary Lynn Berkshire, Studio 3, and her sister, Kathy Ellis have both agreed to provide choreography for musical productions.

More information about ARTSNCT, an Alliance of the Arts, can be found on its official website at www.artsnct.org.