The Rye Arts Center has announced that two Rye couples will be spearheading their annual giving campaign.
The Rye Arts Center has announced that two Rye couples will be spearheading their annual giving campaign. Melanie and Steve Cadenhead, along with Jennifer and Jim Sandling, have stepped forward to lend their voices and helping hands to the fundraising drive, which raises critically needed funds for the center’s gallery exhibitions, performing arts events, arts education, and outreach initiatives.
This year, the RAC’s Bank on Art campaign is graced with the whimsical artistry of Irving Harper, who is currently featured in the RAC Gallery for a solo retrospective of his paper sculptures. Board member Bill Oberlander, Executive Creative Director at NYC-based design firm OBERLAND, designed and created the distinctive look for the campaign.
The Cadenheads and Sandlings are no strangers to community involvement and well known for their community advocacy and love of music, theater, and the visual arts. Both Jennifer Sandling and Steve Cadenhead currently serve on the RAC Board.
By day, Steve serves as a Market Risk Manager at Deutsche Bank. On weekends, he can be found playing with his band Found the Time. His wife Melanie, a longtime arts enthusiast and collector, ran the Famous Artists Program at Osborn School for two years. Jennifer served on the Performing Arts Committee for six years; Jim, a retired banker, who loves jazz and plays the trumpet, is currently a student in the Music School.
“Art isn’t a ‘nice to have,’” says Steve. “It’s critical that we all recognize the intrinsic value that the arts provide to our community’s quality of life as well as to us individually. We can enjoy art, music, and wonderful exhibitions right here in in our own backyard.”
Jennifer adds, “The RAC serves preschoolers all the way up to seniors. We have a pre-K arts room, a gallery, a new maker space, and a whole floor dedicated to the music school. There is abundant creativity and inspiration here at the Arts Center.”
Proceeds from the annual appeal go directly to support the mission of The Rye Arts Center and outreach programming and scholarships. To donate, call 967-0700 or visit ryeartscenter.org.