855 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Profiles in Giving

Lynda Fairly

The Right Place to Be

When she was a teacher in Taiwan, Lynda Fairly had a memorable encounter with a student, a creative boy who was not thriving in school. She made him honorary art teacher for the class, and from that moment on, he excelled. “Children need to develop their creative abilities for many reasons,” Fairly says. “It helps them learn to make choices, to solve problems in unique ways. It helps develop motor skills, recognize patterns, create stories and music, and find beauty in the world around us.”

When she retired as Vice President of Adult Education at Santa Barbara City College, Fairly moved to Carpinteria, where she was discouraged to discover the dearth of art programs for children, especially at the elementary and middle schools. She reached out to the Carpinteria Arts Center to see if she could make a difference, and the answer was yes.

“Lynda has made a world of difference for the arts in Carpinteria,” says David Powdrell, co-chair of the Carpinteria Arts Center board and chair of the Capital Campaign. Fairly joined the board of directors and became a lead donor for the organization’s campaign to purchase and renovate the former Cajun Kitchen restaurant into a full arts center, along with board members Amanda McIntyre, Charles LoBue, and others.

Fairly then announced a $1,000,000 gift to cement the vision and future of the Arts Center, along with a pledge to match every remaining dollar contributed to the campaign until the $3.1 million goal was reached. 

“The chance to purchase the Cajun Kitchen building was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we could not do it without major donors like Lynda, Amanda, Charles, and others,” said Powdrell. “For those who have been waiting on the sidelines, now is the time to make a gift and have it doubled, so that a gift of $100 becomes $200, $5,000 becomes $10,000, and so on. It’s also a great time to donate appreciated stock,” Powdrell added, “and there are considerable tax advantages to doing that.”

Powdrell voiced the overwhelming feeling from all when he expressed the gratitude of the community of Carpinteria, forever grateful for Lynda Fairly’s gift.

Charles LoBue (profile coming soon)

Profiles in Giving - Charles LoBue

Amanda McIntyre (profile coming soon)

Profiles in Giving - Amanda McIntyre



The Carpinteria Arts Center continues to host live music, films, tours, and many workshops and classes for children and adults to engage in the arts.

Anyone can visit the future home of the arts in Carpinteria or check out www.carpinteriaartscenter.org to make a donation, register for classes, and learn more about the arts center.

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