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Fayette County Cultural Trust


Michael Edwards

Executive Director

Daniel Cocks

The Mission of the Fayette County Cultural Trust is to enrich the area's quality of life by promoting our cultural, artistic, historic and natural assets and by creating partnerships to revitalize communities and further economic development.

Fayette County Cultural Trust - Board of Directors


Michael Edwards




Karen Hechler

Vice President


Bryan Kisiel



Gerry Browell

John Coleman

Lori Omatick

Margaret House

Downtown Connellsville


Downtown Steering Committee


Gerry Browell

Michael Edwards

Bryan Kisiel

Laurie Hensel

Leo Rudnik

Pat Stefano

Beth Williams

Connellsville Canteen

Ann Nicholson


Zach Strauser



Connellsville Crossroads Magazine

Michael Edwards


Susan Lewis


Daniel Cocks

Karen Hechler

An organization is inclusive when everyone has a sense of belonging; feels respected, valued and seen for who they are as individuals; and feels a level of supportive energy and commitment from leaders, colleagues and others so that all people–individually and collectively–can do their best work.

“The principle of non-discrimination seeks “to guarantee that human rights are exercised without discrimination of any kind based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status such as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation."

Fayette County Cultural Trust’s

Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Fayette County Cultural Trust is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.

At the Fayette County Cultural Trust:

-We will foster and maintain a safe environment of respect and inclusion for the board, staff, and members of the communities we serve.

-We will educate our staff, and communities to be social justice advocates, creatively providing curricula, programs, and environments that reflect the diversity of our communities, and elevate cultural awareness.

-We will ensure fair and inclusive access to our facilities, programs, resources, and services, and ensure that all of our policies and practices are inclusive and equitable.

-We will advance and build our workforce by assessing hiring practices and performance review procedures to attract, retain, and develop talented board and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Thank you to all the partnerships, collaboration on projects and volunteers!  This was truly a memorable year, not only for the Fayette County Cultural Trust, but for those who worked with us on making 2022 stand out as a year to remember!

2021 saw some new partnerships.  Partnerships and collaborations with other organizations are important for sustaining any non-profit organization.  Thanks to our many volunteers who helped make 2021 a successful year, and thanks to all those who have donated and supported the Fayette County Cultural Trust.  You are very much appreciated.

Thank you to all those who partnered with us thorough out this year.  We really appreciate our donors, board members employees and volunteers.  These kinds of relationships are what makes an organization great!

Thank you to all our partners and supporters who shared our vision throughout 2019.  This was a great year!

The Fayette County Cultural Trust would like to extend a generous thank you for all those who volunteered and help support the Trust, throughout 2018.. 

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