Sullivan County has an interesting and almost unique demographic. Intensely rural, it has supported generations of settlers and their descendants, mainly German, Irish, Eastern European and Italian. In recent years, it has also become home to retirees from New York, Philadelphia and points between. It is small in size and population, with roughly 6500 permanent residents. There is only one school district, encompassing the whole county.

The Sullivan County Council on the Arts is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1988 by long-time president Vivian McCarty and Ferdie Marek, and sustained for many years by executive director Florence Suarez. It became a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization in 1998.

Over our 30 years, we have created an ever-expanding range of programs designed to serve this mix of youth, native families and retirees. You can view the list of our programs here.

Current officers:

Barb Murray, president, a Sullivan Countyite and former reading specialist in the school district.

Helen Day, vice president, also a county native and multi-talented artist.

Linda White, secretary, a Philadelphia transplant (born in Kansas), potter, actress, director, former reading teacher.

Linda Roman, treasurer, whirlwind artist from just outside Eagles Mere.

What’s next on the ballooning horizon? You could help us decide. Give us your ideas and suggestions here.