November 20th, 2020
Naylor brothers named honorary chairs of Foundation's CEPAC capital campaign
Brothers have carried on family's philanthropy in arts, education
Brothers Bart Naylor, left, and Lon Naylor, right, have been named honorary co-chairs of the Garrett College Foundation's Community Education and Performing Arts Center Capital Campaign.
For more information on CEPAC, please go to: garrettcollege.edu/cepac.
Brothers Lon and Bart Naylor – widely known for their commitment to supporting the performing arts and other educational initiatives – have been named honorary co-chairs of the Community Education and Performing Arts Center (CEPAC) capital campaign.
The Garrett College Foundation capital campaign aims to raise $2.5 million for operating CEPAC, which will be the first performing arts center in Garrett County when it opens in 2022. Susie Crawford, chair of the Garrett College Foundation Board of Directors, praised the Naylor brothers' decision to take a leadership role in the initiative.
"We couldn't ask for two people who better represent a philanthropic commitment to the performing arts in Garrett County than Lon and Bart," said Crawford. "We're so pleased they were willing to be the campaign's honorary co-chairs."
Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College's president, agreed.
"It quickly became clear to us that Bart and Lon would be the perfect people to serve as honorary co-chairs," said Midcap. "Their commitment to Garrett County and the arts, as well as their ongoing generosity, are well-known throughout the county."
Both brothers said the CEPAC project will transform performing arts in Garrett County.
"I think people live in and come to Garrett County out of a desire for vitality, and nothing expresses that better than live performance," said Bart Naylor, a financial advocate with Public Citizen, a D.C.-based non-profit consumer advocacy group and think tank. "This facility can be one of the area's jewels."
"This project will provide a nice venue not only for attracting out-of-county artists to perform but also for promoting the interest in arts for the average citizen in Garrett County," said Lon Naylor, a retired geophysicist who manages multiple trusts set up by his late parents, Howard and Audrey Naylor.
The CEPAC is centered around the college's old gymnasium, which is being renovated into a state-of-the-art proscenium theatre. A 16,000-square-foot addition to the theatre will feature a 2,000-square-foot conference center that can also be used as a recital hall, black box theatre, and reception venue. New educational spaces include a 16-seat piano lab – gifted by the Naylor brothers through the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) and being moved from its current on-campus space – as well as a sound and lighting booth.
The Naylor brothers concentrate much of their philanthropy through the Cumberland-based CTF, which serves Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland and Mineral County in West Virginia. Through the CTF, the Naylor brothers have also supported Garrett College's Mountain Maryland Music Institute and the aforementioned piano lab at Garrett College as well as the ongoing Music at Penn Alps K-12 Tutoring Program, which provides free lessons to as many as 48 students throughout the school year.
"My mother put me in a summer school crafts class when I was about 5," recalled Bart Naylor, whose family also supports the Audrey Naylor Scholarship at Garrett College. "I've been splashing paint and gluing objects together ever since.
"Art not only enlists creative skills, it also teaches discipline – what it takes to learn the piano or another instrument," continued Bart Naylor. "Dedication to a skill, breaking down component parts and practicing them, serves a person no matter the endeavor."
"Supporting art education is central to the mission of the Naylor family fund," added Lon Naylor.
The Naylors' philanthropy isn't limited to the performing arts. They also provided a substantial gift from the Howard and Audrey Naylor Family Trust, established by their parents, to the Garrett County Historical Society. This gift led to the construction of the Garrett County Museum of Transportation in Oakland.
"My parents were always very generous donors throughout their lives," said Lon Naylor.
"My parents taught us that we're here on this planet to make it better, and philanthropy is part of that," said Bart Naylor, a Harvard University graduate who previously worked as a journalist, author, Senate investigator, and Teamsters Union official.
Bart Naylor is married to Nina "Theo" Janopaul, who is CEO of the Arlington (VA) Partnership for Affordable Housing. They have two children: Elizabeth "Za" Janopaul-Naylor, who is a Brooklyn-based psychiatrist; and James Janopaul-Naylor, who is a radiation oncology resident at Emory University.
Lon Naylor spent three decades in the Washington, D.C. area working for the Navy Oceanographic Office, the Defense Mapping Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency. However, he never actually left Garrett County upon returning East after college.
"My roots are in Garrett County and I am dedicated to seeing it prosper and grow," said Lon Naylor.
Cherie Krug, executive director of the Garrett College Foundation, said there has been great interest throughout the community in supporting the CEPAC campaign. While the campaign doesn't officially kick off publicly until next spring, naming rights to 10 rooms and spaces within the facility have already been reserved by donors.
"It's inspiring to have this much interest at this stage of the campaign," said Krug.