The re-naming resolution was passed by the Common Council on December 16 by unanimous vote. Mayor Andrew Halverson said the official name change to the Annette and Dale Schuh Riverfront Arts Center took effect on December 17.
The Sentry Insurance Foundation is making a $35,000 contribution for continued operation, support, and maintenance of the Riverfront Arts Center in honor of the addition of Annette and Dale Schuh’s names to the Riverfront Arts Center’s moniker.
“Annette and Dale Schuh are passionate and committed supporters of the Stevens Point and Central Wisconsin arts community,” Halverson said. “This is a fitting way to thank them for their efforts to make this community a better place to live; with great access to culture and the arts.”
Halverson added, “The impact of Dale as the CEO and board chairman of our largest employer will be felt here for many years, and this honor is a wonderful way of us to always continually recognize the Schuhs.”
Dale is retired Sentry Insurance board chairman and his wife, Annette, a former Stevens Point Area High School art teacher, and an accomplished artist whose work has been displayed at the center and across Wisconsin.
Sentry has hosted and sponsored art shows in the community and at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point annual student art show. Additionally, the Sentry Insurance Invitation to the Arts was created under Schuh’s leadership. This program, a partnership between the Sentry Insurance Foundation with the College of Fine Arts and Communication at UW-Stevens Point, gives local students – from grade school through college – opportunities to interact with outstanding professionals in the fine arts. The program is in its ninth year.
The donation will allow some very important benefits to the Riverfront Arts Center, and we are very happy to have this opportunity. Some of the money may be used for improvements but the majority will be set aside into an endowment to pay for exhibits at the Arts Center. The Annette and Dale Schuh Riverfront Arts Center could build on this endowment with donations.
There will be an unveiling of the new sign and logo with a reception to celebrate the occasion at a date yet to be determined.