Kent Island Federation of Arts, or KIFA, was founded in 1963 as a small non-profit community organization, built on making the arts accessible to Kent Island and the surrounding environs.
KIFA’s story began in the 1960s when a number of artist residents, realizing that there was no place locally where artistic work could be exhibited, formed a group to meet and mount annual shows of their work. The first show was in 1962, and by 1972, as a result of the enthusiasm of the original group, the Kent Island Association was formed. In 1979, The Association was officially incorporated as the KENT ISLAND FEDERATION of ARTS (KIFA). With 93 members, KIFA opened its first art gallery on Kent Island in an old house across the street from Christ Episcopal Church in Stevensville.
Exhibit space was limited to two rooms, so in 1983 the gallery was moved to its present location at 405 Main St., in Stevensville. In 1985, KIFA purchased the lovely Victorian style house and became a landmark in Historic Stevensville. By 1995, with 140 members, and the mortgage paid, KIFA was mounting eleven art exhibits a year with emphasis on art education and service to Queen Anne¹s County. With a membership today of over 200 artists, artisans, craftspersons, and others who love and support the visual arts, KIFA continues to be a staple of the artistic and historic community.
KIFA’s main mission is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to better appreciate the visual arts and to develop their own creative and artistic skills. We host exhibits as well as hold classes, member events, fun fundraisers, and summer art camps for children. We pride ourselves on friendliness and inclusiveness.
We operate with the support of volunteers and especially with the help of our Docents who keep the doors open! KIFA also has a newly expanded gift shop featuring beautiful handmade items by our local artists.
All KIFA events are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to come and find out what we’re all about. For more information contact KIFA at 410-643-7424 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors:
President, Linda Paez
Vice President, Jessica McCarthy Sellers /Communications & Publicity Coordinator
Treasurer, Margaret Tessier
Recording Secretary, Terry Sayler
Corresponding Secretary, Rebecca Placek
Director, Joel Purcell
Director, Maureen Wheatley/Exhibits Coordinator
Director, Mary-Lynne Neil/Membership Coordinator
Director, Mary Anne Buckley
Director, Maria Sage/Education/Program Coordinator
Director, Theresa Schram
Past President, Judy Wolgast
Past President, Susan Ayres
Mission Statement. Kent Island Federation of Arts (KIFA) is to enhance the cultural and artistic climate of Queen Anne's Country by encouraging participation in and the promotion of the visual arts, and to provide the opportunity for people of all ages to better appreciate visual arts and develop their own creative artistic skills. This is accomplished through educational programs and public exhibits.
KIFA (a 501c3 non profit organization) is all volunteer, and funded by donations and memberships. Our programs continue to grow, offering ongoing art classes in various media, including painting, drawing, carving, metal, clay and more. We also have special classes and camps for children, and our exhibits are open to youth. We continue to work with the county's schools offering a show each year free of fees.
We are an inclusive and friendly place to explore art, and we take great pride in our growing diversity of members and offerings.
405 Main Street
KIFA is partially funded by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Queen Anne's County Arts Council, United Way of Queen Anne's County and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation