Friday, August 14, 2020
From left: Margrit Tydings Petrie with "Face-Scape"; Maxine Skuba with "Wild Things"; Kathy Verner Moulton with "Let's Face It...We're Gourd-geous" A Study in Pumpkin.

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The YS Arts Council gets creative!
In Her Own Words—Gallery Coordinator, Nancy Mellon


In March we were just finishing up the Members Show in the Gallery when – wham! – life shut down and the Arts Council Gallery went into hibernation. Our small, part-time staff became very part time. Lots of emails and Zoom discussions took place between the board, staff, committees, and volunteers. As the pandemic wore on each month, we had conversations with artists scheduled to have gallery shows, and let them decide what they were comfortable with. Every artist scheduled up to September decided it was best to reschedule for next year.
When the village started reopening, we looked into what it would take to open with safety precautions in place. We checked out virtual events and discussed virtual workshops with presenters. We are still discussing ways to hold a virtual reception for the September Emerging Artists Showcase with the show’s featured artists—Angie Hsu, John Wehner, Ryn McCall, and Cheyenne Sandoval. A virtual show may be filmed, or a limited number of guests could be invited in; we'll let you know by the end of August.
It felt necessary, but “cancelled, cancelled, cancelled” is an awful refrain. It's disheartening and financially difficult. No commissions, fees or tickets sold, and possibly no Holiday Jumble too. Who knows? But we are still here thanks to memberships, to our wonderful landlord, to individual donors, and to patrons' generosity.
But we have good news, too! We received an $11,800 grant from the Ohio Arts Council/Midwest Cares to help with operations and the Wheeling Gaunt Sculpture Project, in addition to YS Community Foundation grants helping to fund the Gaunt sculpture. Morgan Laurens, the Project's newest grant writer, has been working with Board President Jerome Borchers on several other grants. 

It is with heavy heart that we must report the passing of Brian Maughan, our local Sculptor Extraordinaire, who just recently completed the Wheeling Gaunt Sculpture.  Please see the YS News for his obituary.

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 Together . . .

2019 Courageous Conversation

At the core of the word courage lies "heart"—from coeur, the French word for heartWe can follow our heart, and we can lead with it, yet both acts require an openness to do so. Think of courage as "strength through the heart." 
The Foundation is proud to support the Courageous Conversations collaboration that includes members of The 365 Project and the Yellow Springs Havurah, with assistance from the Village Mediation Program and Everyday Democracy. Since 2018, small group discussions during weekly 2-hour sessions over 6 weeks tap into the essence of our cultural experiences with racism.
The facilitated, supportive environment encourages participants to reach beyond stereotypes and platitudes about race, which is where we usually get stuck. And which is where courage comes in. These conversations engage the heart to look honestly at the ever-present fabric of racism interwoven throughout our experiences. 
Participants are encouraged to take individual or collective action, which can include changing one's individual behavior and attitudes, building new relationships and networks, and creating institutional change as well as change in public policy and community dynamics. 
Conversations are occurring this August and September, via Zoom. To engage and open your heart in Courageous Conversations, contact Len Kramer at
For more information about The 365 Project or to donate: The 365 Project 

Board of Trustees Member Highlight
Todd Leventhal


I was born and raised in Springfield, OH, and attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where I studied Psychology and Economics. From there I moved to Austin, Texas, where I lived and worked and met my wife, Gabriele. We moved back to Ohio and settled in Yellow Springs, a place that I knew quite well growing up. All along I was working in a family business that was located in Springfield. The business was sold in 1993, and after working with the new company for several years, I ended up buying part of it back, naming it Nexstep Commercial Products (exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar), a leading national manufacturer of cleaning products for the commercial marketplace.

I have two grown sons—Quinn, a Business Manager at Capital One’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and Asa, a recent graduate of Washington University and currently working as a Finance Assistant for Congresswoman Katie Porter’s re-election campaign in Orange County. My step son Vaughn overseas sales at, and lives in Toronto with his wife, Tanis, and our two grandkids, Vienna and Parker.

I have always tried to stay active in the communities where I have lived and worked in. It is a great way to try to give something back to those communities that have meant so much to me over these many years. Some of my past board experiences has been with the Clark State Foundation, Friends Care, the YSEE, and Temple Sholom.

My future aspirations are to travel as much as possible, spend time with my kids and grandkids, stay active, avoid cold weather, help others, and contribute to making Yellow Springs a better place to live.

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
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Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 8/12) Gabriele & Todd Leventhal

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 8/12) Lisa Abel & Lynn Adams - Angie Hsu & Matan Mazursky
Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 8/12)
Bruce Furey & Nancy Redman-Furey - Erik & Elena Oberg - Robert Oldham - Mary White

Donors to Uplift YS Campaign Fund (week of 8/12) Callie & Bob Devine

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