Our Beginning.....

No parent should ever have to experience the death of a child.  The pain and grief of such an experience can be devastating and profound.  Kathryn “Katie” Stauffer was a National Merit Scholar, a concert pianist, a champion collegiate swimmer, a pre-med student, and above all, an artist, who loved working with the arts, and especially enjoyed working with children in the arts.  In March of 2003, 19 year-old Katie’s life was cut short in a tragic car accident.

Katie’s mother, Linda, struggled with severe depression after her death, and searched for a way to keep Katie and her dream of making a difference in the world alive.  Linda’s twenty-eight years of experience as an art teacher, and Katie’s love of the arts provided the inspiration for a much needed arts center in our community.  From the depths of this tragedy, the idea for the Katie Stauffer Memorial Arts and Cultural Center was born. 

At the Present....

The programs and classes we have been able to offer to the people of Upper Bucks County have reflected our mission of creating a safe and sober facility where youth can develop and grow personally while expressing themselves artistically and developing strong community values and social skills. The Center serves the Upper Bucks County area of Pennsylvania, which includes the Quakertown, Palisades, and Pennridge School Districts.  We offer classes for people of all ages, beginning with children’s classes for ages 4-9 years.  Our programs are available for all members of our community, and we use the Upper Buck County YMCA’s income guidelines in subsidizing classes for low income families. The Center has experienced phenomenal growth in the two years since we first opened our doors, thanks to the help and support of our dedicated volunteers and professional instructors.

Our Future........

Though the Center was born of extraordinary and unfortunate circumstances, it has grown to represent a significant presence in the community in a very short time.  With the initial launch and relocation completed, we stand at a crossroads in the Center’s development, as we shift our focus from the start-up to the development of a permanent asset and resource for our community.

 

 

 

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