The Newport Community Action Committe (NCAC) incorporated in 1985 to “further the common welfare and well-being of the community of Newport”. Their mission is to promote education and health, provide a meeting place for information exchange, unify the efforts of local organizations and interested citizens, encourage the preservation of local Appalachian crafts and arts, promote the values of the rural community, and contribute to the quality of life of Newport residents.
Maintaining the historic Newport High School as a community center for the Village is their primary challenge. The Newport Community Center, as it is known now, was built in 1933 and served as a high school and elementary school until 1985. The citizens of Newport envisioned a future for this beautiful old building and purchased it from the county when it was retired as a school. Now, as it ages, many updates and renovations are needed in order to sustain the building which is in need of large capital investments (windows, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, etc.) Operating on a small budget, with income generated primarily from facility rentals and various fundraisers, the NCAC must rely heavily on community support.
In 2014, the NCAC opened the Newport Village Library and Museum to provide a needed resource and generate activity regularly in the Community Center. In 2015 the Mayapple Pre-school and LoCo Arts programs were started and in 2017 the Free Lunch Fridays program started. In addition to the many community based events and activities held at the Center, the NCAC endeavors to promote both the visual and performing arts by leasing studios to local artists and promoting theatrical, musical and film events in their beautiful vintage theater.
With the coming of the MVP pipeline, we will be loosing the Mayapple Pre-school and the LoCo Arts programs. In the planning stages is another after school art program and an after school music program called Newport JAM in association with JAMkids.com. For more information about the Community Center see www.newportcommunitycenter.com.
Updates and Donors' Comments