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Douglas Arts Council looks for members

Linda Hiller

If you want to improve your community, don’t just talk. Do!

That is the impetus behind the recent formation of the Douglas Arts Council, whose mission is to help provide Douglas County with steady exposure to all the arts.

“We had been talking about this for almost a year,” said board president Doug Barrett.

The council was formed in February.

“I woke up with a jolt at the first of this year and said to myself, ‘it’s time to do this – we need to get started.'”

The group consists of members of the community who have an interest in the arts. Board members are Doug Barrett, president; Marla Whitaker, vice president; Claudette Springmeyer, treasurer; John O’Neill, resource and information officer; Bryan Stockton, general counsel and Jean Noosinow, member-at-large. In addition, there are more than two dozen general members.

In the short time they have been together, the group has formed a mission statement.

“Our mission is threefold: to be an advocate for the arts in Douglas County, to bring high quality cultural events to Douglas County and to work for the construction of a privately-funded performing arts center in Carson Valley,” Barrett said.

Members of the DAC will be at the Douglas County Fine Arts Symposium today to participate in a panel discussion on the future of arts in Douglas County. The symposium is at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We want community feedback on which direction we should go,” Barrett said. “We have lots of ideas, but realize it needs to be a community effort.”

He added that a questionnaire will be available today, which the DAC will use to help formulate a plan of action.

“We want people to tell us things like what facilities they would like to see included in a performing arts center,” Barrett said.

While there are no representatives from the dance or drama community on the DAC board, Barrett said he would welcome anyone who would like to represent that area of the arts.

“There is so much art in Carson Valley that could take place and affect tourism,” he said. “Imagine it transformed into a place that would bring people in from miles away just to share in the arts. It is a non-polluting industry that we could embrace.”

Membership in the council is $25 for a family or individual, $50 for a business, $100 for a patron of the arts and $500 for a benefactor. Volunteers are welcome.

Anyone interested in more information on the Douglas Arts Council can call Barrett at 265-5408, or write to P.O. Box 3145, Gardnerville, 89410.