“I look forward to championing our mission and continuing to build upon MAC’s 62 years of success in arts programming, captivating exhibitions, community engagement and connecting people with art,” she said. “I think for so many, we just consider this our home.”
Her job, she said, is to “tell our story, what a wonderful resource we are here.”
She said the MAC receives no government funding, so it depends heavily on private donations. For the center to remain open and provide “great programs,” it must be on a “firm financial foundation,” she said.
“We must keep this place vibrant and accessible for anyone,” she said.
The center provides an opportunity, through its workshops, for people to be introduced to art. Even those who have never put pencil to paper can be introduced to a medium they enjoy, she said
“There is something for everyone,” she said.
Dykes and her husband, Greg, and two daughters, Kara, 14, and Chloe, 10, live in Monroe. Her daughters take art classes at the center.