Hancock Lumber’s Community Gift to Denmark Arts Center

The Denmark Arts Center (DAC) originated 25 years ago from the foresight of a few. A small group of community members in 1994 saw a need for increased access to the arts in Denmark. An opportunity arose and they purchased an old building destined for a ‘practice burn’ and got to work. This cohort of ‘movers and shakers’ invested their time and money, renovated the old Odd Fellows building, and created programs in which the community could participate, have fun, and be entertained. After 134 years of community use and a decade in between of decay and derelict, the building received another renovation with the support from the community and local businesses.


This season the local businesses confirmed Denmark Arts Center’s positive contribution to the community through their backing. The DAC received a facelift with the wonderful funding and hard work of Hancock Lumber, McIver Electric, Kackley Carpentry, Andy Narducci, and Hayes True Value Hardware. Businesses helped DAC by investing in the aging building with renovations of the front entrance and ramp. Support from individuals and businesses working together provided the long-overdue renovations needed to improve the fire safety of the building.

“For over 171-years, Hancock Lumber has connected with the communities we’re a part of. Deeply embedded in our culture is stewardship—that is, giving back and leaving things in better shape than when they assumed responsibility for them. We’re proud to support the DAC’s important building renovations so they may continue inspire joy, growth, creativity, and community through the arts.” - Erin Plummer

Hancock Lumber agreed to help the Denmark Arts Center, as needed renovations aligned with their commitment to invest in the communities in which they work. Marketing and Communications Director, Erin Plummer, commented on the project, “For over 171-years, Hancock Lumber has connected with the communities we’re a part of. Deeply embedded in our culture is stewardship—that is, giving back and leaving things in better shape than when they assumed responsibility for them. We’re proud to support the DAC’s important building renovations so they may continue to inspire joy, growth, creativity, and community through the arts.”


Twenty-five years later the Denmark Arts Center is flourishing, and they thank Henry and Kathy Banks for their passion for the arts, farsightedness, and a heavy dose of chutzpa. They thank Hancock Lumber and the community members and business who make living in the community a more enjoyable and better place.