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Bricks to honor retiring director of Fine Arts Institute of Edmond

Bricks can be purchased in honor of Mitzi Hancuff, executive director of the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, who will retire soon as director of the institute she helped found.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 4, 2013

Mitzi Hancuff, retiring executive director of the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, will be honored for 25 years of service with a sidewalk made from personalized bricks.

The sidewalk will connect the Fine Arts Institute building to the park next door. The personalized bricks will be gifts from friends, clubs, employees, donors, statewide art organizations, funders and supporters who want to recognize her work and dedication.

“We want the community to be able to be a part of a gift to Mitzi,” Tom Davies, president of the institute's board. “The sidewalk allows any group or person who has been in Mitzi's life for the past 25 years or longer to do something special for her retirement.”

Brick purchases are open to the public. Each brick will have three lines with 13 characters to be used for words to describe Hancuff's career. The bricks are standard shape paving stones. Bricks can be purchased for $100 each through Sept. 1.

Hancuff helped start the Fine Arts Institute in 1985. It began as a classroom in an Edmond church and in 2004 moved into a larger space. Hancuff is credited with helping to grow the institute into a creative place for people of all ages. She also worked to expand programming and curriculum, as well as faculty and staff.

“I am truly grateful for Mitzi's leadership over the past 25 years,” said Shannon Price, who is taking over as Fine Arts Institute executive director. “The sidewalk will forever be a token to her achievements and her life dedicated to the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond and art in our state.”

To order a brick, call 340-4481.


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