Art symposium coming to Douglas in May |

Art symposium coming to Douglas in May

Linda Hiller

Calling all Douglas County artists, musicians, actors, dancers and creative people!

The Brewery Arts Center, in conjunction with the Douglas County School District, is sponsoring the first-ever Arts Symposium, showcasing the wealth of talents right here in Douglas County.

If you would like to be involved, either as an artist or presenter, you’ll need to hustle a bit to get your application in by the deadline, which is tomorrow, March 6.

Symposium coordinator, Jeremy Thompson, said the May 31 gathering, whose theme is “You Don’t Have to Be an Artist to Be an Artist,” will give local artists and businesses a chance to connect.

“Our goal is to bring the business community together with the arts and education community,” he said.

Don Baumann, drama teacher at Pau-Wa-Lu middle school, and a member of the DCSD-BAC Arts Development Team, said one of the great benefits of this event will be to bring local arts-related businesses together with schools and hopefully foster a relationship that can be mutually beneficial.

“This will expose us as educators to what’s here in the Valley in the way of arts-related businesses,” he said. “Then, school staff can avail themselves of our own backyard resources.”

“We are in the process of signing a keynote speaker for the all day event,” Thompson said, adding that President Clinton, Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Martin and others had been suggested.

Speakers who want to share knowledge in their particular field are also encouraged to apply.

“We will be using speakers to share stories about their expertise in the arts,” Thompson said.

The symposium is being funded by a federal grant from the Goals 2000 Educate America Act, Thompson said, and performers will be paid. Seminar presenters will receive an honorarium of $125 and performing groups will receive $100.

Applications to be a presenter or exhibiter at the Art Symposium are available at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King in Carson City. Committee members also have applications.

Despite the late hour, Baumann said applicants who cannot possibly make the March 6 deadline are welcome to call him at PWLMS at 265-6100 or Thompson at the BAC, 883-1976.

Other committee members can also be contacted. They are, Kelly Yost, CVMS, 782-2265; Joe McCarthy, BAC; Margery Hall Marshall, BAC; or Beth Bosmans, East Fork Gallery, 782-7629.