The Community Arts Center Foundation DBA The Prizery Board of Directors has elected Denise S. Hudson as its president, among new officers for the coming year.

Formerly vice president, Hudson is proprietor of Hudson Heritage Farms, which raises livestock in the Elmo area of Halifax County. Hudson is a retired clinical social worker and Veteran, whose professional experience includes 30-plus years in the nonprofit sector. She is currently involved in a number of regional and local community organizations as a board member, volunteer, advisor or consultant.  

“I am honored to have been selected as the incoming president of The Community Arts Center Foundation dba The Prizery,” she said. “The continued presence of arts programming and arts education play an important part in the quality of life and health of our community and region.”

At its meeting Dec. 13, the board also elected Denise Barksdale as vice president, Jamie Brown as secretary, David Forlines as treasurer, Ryland Clark as assistant vice president, Steven Ouelette as assistant treasurer and John Cannon as assistant secretary.

The board also welcomed a new member, Corey Williams, who teaches English in Danville Public Schools and is founder and creative director of Riverfolk Media Company. He is a South Boston native and was involved in The Prizery’s educational programs as a child.

Other board members include Mary Bagwell, Loretta Cuffley, David Dunn, Emily Powell, Frances Harrell, Sharon Harris, Joe Orenstein, past president and Greg Donner, Halifax Little Theater representative.

Emphasizing The Prizery’s contribution to the community, Hudson continued saying, “Arts assist in making people optimistic about their future and help our youth be inspired to achieve great things in life. As we move forward with the reopening of our gallery, performance spaces and educational programs, The Prizery will help our community tell its story, promote development and tourism by inspiring others to visit our community, and help our community form important connections throughout our region. 

“The Prizery has many great things in store for the upcoming year and we encourage everyone to participate in what we have to offer. Most importantly, we hope that community members will become involved with our organization by volunteering or sharing with us how we can best meet the needs of our community and region. The Prizery is everyone’s arts organization and to be successful we need all community members involvement.”    

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, send an email to or call 434-572-8339.