The Center

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Building

The Wyoming Fine Arts Center is located in the historic downtown district of Wyoming, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. The building is a beautifully restored 1850s home that once served as the Wyoming Masonic Lodge for much of the 20th century.

In the 1990s, local businessman Paul Bartel purchased the lodge with a vision of creating a community arts center. After renovations to the building were completed in 1995, he opened as the Cincinnati String Academy (CSA).  In 2000, CSA was renamed to the Wyoming Fine Arts Center when a full repertoire of fine arts programming was added. 

Since our founding, The Center has become one of the Cincinnati region’s premier community art centers.  Our Mission is to educate, create experiences, and nurture appreciation in music and other creative and performing arts across all ages, races, abilities and backgrounds. We do this through excellence in teaching, creative programming, interdisciplinary experiences, community partnerships and engagement.

We offer more programs to more students than virtually any other group in the Greater Cincinnati area. We believe our personal approach to each student’s success and the quality of our faculty, sets us apart.

Our Founder - Paul Bartel

Paul Bartel (b. 1952 - d. July 27, 2019) was a violinist, music educator, owner of the Baroque Violin Shop and founder of the Wyoming Fine Arts Center.

A 1972 graduate of Miami University and former music teacher, Paul established his Baroque Violin Shop with the vision of supporting school music programs by providing high-quality instruments at low cost.

In 1995, Paul purchased the 1850s-era former Masonic Lodge from the city of Wyoming, aiming to transform it into a community arts center. He conducted a massive renovation at his own expense for what would become the nonprofit Wyoming Fine Arts Center.

Paul loved playing his rare 1680 Stradivarius and is remembered by Cincinnati’s music community as being generous, humble and wanting to help young people.

In 1997, the Paul and Jan Bartel Scholarship Fund  was established to help underwrite music lessons for under served students. 

Bartel loved playing his rare, 1680 Stradivarius for schoolchildren. He was known for his quiet generosity. Memorials are designated to the Paul and Jan Bartel Scholarship Fund.

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Paul

Board Members

Meetings 3rd Thursday, 7:00PM
  • Bobbie McTurner
    President
  • Barbara Magella
    Vice President
  • Elise Edelman
    Secretary
  • Andrew Ulmer
    Suzuki Liaison & Director
  • Spring Starr Pillow
    Program Liaison & Director
  • Sam Cooper
    Trustee
  • Shannon Crutchfield
    Trustee
  • Kevin Gillie, PhD
    Trustee
  • Autumn McKinley
    Trustee
  • Kate Miller
    Trustee
  • Jennifer Pinson
    Trustee
  • Jason Bartel
    Board Advisory Positions
Julie Collinsworth
Executive Director

Committees

 

Development Committee

  • Julie Collinsworth, MBA
  • Shannon Crutchfield
  • Elise Edelman
  • Barbara Magella
  • Bobbie McTurner

Events Committee

  • Julie Collinsworth, MBA
  • Monica Tuck

Executive Committee

  • Julie Collinsworth, MBA
  • Elise Edelman
  • Barbara Magella
  • Bobbie McTurner
  • Spring Starr Pillow
  • Andrew Ulmer

Facilities Committee

Meetings: 2nd Thursday, 4:40pm

  • Gene Allison
  • Julie Collinsworth, MBA
  • Liz Galvin
  • Kate Miller
  • Andrew Ulmer

Finance Committee

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday, 1:00PM

  • Julie Collinsworth, MBA
  • Barbara Magella
  • Bobbie McTurner

Marketing/Communications Committee

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday, 7:45PM

  • Julie Collinsworth, MBA
  • Sam Cooper
  • Cathy Cordes
  • Liz Engel
  • Autumn McKinley
  • Jennifer Pinson

Program Committee

Meetings: 2nd Wednesday, 3:30PM

  • Julie Collinsworth, MBA
  • Kevin Gillie, PhD
  • Autumn McKinley
  • Bobbie McTurner
  • Spring Starr Pillow

Scholarship Committee

  • Julie Collinsworth, MBA
  • Barbara Magella
  • Bobbie McTurner