Monday, February 10, 2020

New Leadership Framework in Place at Amador Arts Council

At a recent planning meeting, the Amador County Arts Council welcomed new board members and acknowledged the significant work of recent retiring members. These volunteers were the backbone of projects including Visual Arts Education, Student Arts Showcase, County Fair Window, Murder Mysteries, Art Gallery, A Taste of the Arts, and much more. Because of their efforts, in 2019 Amador County Arts Council received the highest possible ranking from the California Arts Council.

Those thanked were Nan Muzinich, Kelly Langelier, Lilliana Falco, Carol Reid, Nina Neville, Sue Kendall, Polly Miller, DeDe Doran, and Student Directors, Lulu Briggs and Emily Ann Hopkins.

New board members were introduced: Nettie Fox, Program Coordinator and Facility Manager of the Amador Senior Center, is the incoming President; Linda Zender Desedare, on the Board of the Amador Community Foundation, is the new Vice President. Deborah Yates, a flautist with the Oakland Symphony and a finance professional, is Treasurer. Sid Cohen, a student at Folsom Lake College majoring in Technical Theatre and a former Student Director of AmadorArts, is Secretary.

The board welcomed a diverse group of other directors, including Darreon Brooks, Jackson Raley’s Manager and a wine connoisseur; Melissa Lavin, the CEO and ED of Amador Council of Tourism; Scott Berrian, a local musician and art history buff; and Marleen Olive, a professional visual artist. Providing continuity with longtime board experience are Sue Lagomarsino, Arts Education Chair; Fine Artist Christie Lane; and Joy Palmer. Current Student Directors are Victoria Bordwell and Deja Douglas, from Amador and Argonaut High Schools, respectively

Some of the Board Directors of the Amador County Arts Council are shown here
at a recent six-hour planning meeting.
The meeting focused on strategic planning. Facilitated by statewide arts expert Angela Tahti, the group made a key change in structure, adopting a three committee system that streamlines board efforts and facilitates continuous community input. Eager and on-target to deliver a new decade of arts services to the county, Amador County Arts Council continues to invite interested residents to get involved with the committees and to become members, donors and volunteers.

Of note: The non-profit has room for two student directors from each high school. Students ages 16 and older are invited to apply. “It takes the entire community,” says Executive Director, Meghan O’Keefe. “The only way to qualify for more government grants is to raise more money and the only way to raise more money is to get involved!”

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