Martha Eichler, Secretary
Peterborough, New Hampshire

Gallery Associate, Sharon Arts Center

Why have you chosen “Fill the Void” as a volunteer commitment?

I have two daughters, Caroline and Tory, who both graduated from ConVal High School and were active in visual and performing arts both inside and outside of school. I have seen how formative and meaningful the arts were for them at ConVal, in spite of the jury-rigged facilities at the school. Caroline works as Artist Coordinator for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra , and Tory is studying history and dance at college.  It is clear to me that their arts experience has helped them to become creative individuals who enjoy a passion for life. A state-of-the-art facility for performing arts will enrich our students’ education, enhance our local economy, and improve the lives of all residents of this region.

Biography

I grew up in Windsor, Connecticut, and graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Political Science. Post college, I worked in Boston at Carney, Sandoe & Associates, where I assisted search consultants seeking headmaster candidates for independent K-12 schools. Following that, I worked in college admissions at Wentworth Institute of Technology. I left the workforce to raise my daughters. My family moved to Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 1998, where we have enjoyed the community’s rich cultural heritage and passion for the arts. I currently work at Sharon Arts Center as a Craft Gallery Associate.

Name a play that you love and maybe saw at ConVal

There have been many. I saw my daughter Caroline in, among others, The Dining RoomA Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fiddler on the Roof. I saw Tory in West Side StoryLes MiserablesYou’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and others. These are some of my favorites, but really, all shows have been wonderful!

Community involvement and activities

I have served on the Caring Committee and Social Justice Committee of the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church previously. I served as secretary of the board of the Monadnock Writers’ Group for many years, and currently serve on that board as a member.

Writing: I write most of the printed materials required for the Fill the Void campaign.

My family and I originated the idea for the Black Fly Story Hour fundraiser for ConVal VPAC, and, with a lot of help from others, we brought the first one to fruition in March 2015. Every Black Fly Story Hour since has played to a sold-out house. This fundraising vehicle has been very valuable for the Fill the Void campaign. It generates community support for the project, and at the same time offers a fun event that nurtures community.