A $12,000 gift to the Arts Center of St. Peter. One of the largest private gifts in the center’s history is helping to launch new programming in writing, studio and fiber arts.

The gift is from artisan Jennie Ward through the James and Jennie Ward Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation.

Ward, whose jewelry has long been a staple in the Arts Center’s gallery shop, approached the Arts Center last fall after learning of a revenue gap caused by the loss of a tenant and the Arts Center’s desire to occupy that space with arts education programming.