Art Gallery to Partner with Kirksville Arts Association

In a show of community solidarity and service, Truman’s annual Friends of the Gallery fundraiser will partner with the Kirksville Arts Association.

Donors attending the March 3 event will be invited to support the University Art Gallery, the Kirksville Arts Association, or both. The fundraiser will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Feb. 20 to

The event will coincide with the last day of two Truman exhibitions focusing on the centennial of U.S. involvement in World War I. Donors will enjoy thematic food, beverages, music and good conversation during this 18th annual celebration. In the spirit of the occasion, and in aftermath of the fire that destroyed the Kirksville Arts Association, organizers set a theme of community service for the event.

“We know our quality of life in Kirksville depends upon so many members of our community who serve. These include first responders, teachers, local business leaders, artists, donors, the media, civil servants, veterans and active members of the armed forces,” said Cole Woodcox, a Truman professor and event organizer. “When the fire occurred at the arts center, we immediately knew we wanted this event to be about the wider community.”

Harriet Beard, a longtime local supporter of the arts and many other community service projects in the area, will speak about living a life of service.

The suggested donation from the general public is $40 for this event, with a donation of $20 suggested for first responders, members and veterans of the armed forces, members of the Kirksville Arts Association and the Missouri and Southern Iowa Arts Guild (MOSI), and K-12 teachers.

Those giving a full donation to the KAA can simply make one payment as usual. A contribution to both organizations will require two separate donations. Both the University Art Gallery and the KAA will accept cash or check.