Linda Laughlin, shown here in the emerging artists' gallery that she started at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs on Thursday, acts as the Visual Arts Director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The council unveiled its new mission at its annual meeting Wednesday.

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Linda Laughlin, shown here in the emerging artists' gallery that she started at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs on Thursday, acts as the Visual Arts Director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The council unveiled its new mission at its annual meeting Wednesday.

Arts Council redefines its mission to support growth

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— Introducing the 2008 Steamboat Springs Arts Council officers at the group's annual meeting Wednesday, Kelly Anzalone summed up the organization's forward movement during the past year.

"I'm glad to be part of the board and see where this whole crazy arts thing is going," said Anzalone, a new board member and owner of Steamboat Mountain Theater.

In a speech summarizing the year's accomplishments - including record numbers at Art in the Park, a successful fundraising effort with the spring Cabaret and establishing the monthly First Friday Art Walk - Arts Council Executive Director Marion Kahn said the organization has moved beyond its original purpose.

"We have fulfilled the mission that we were founded to do," Kahn said. With 35 affiliates, Kahn said the Arts Council is doing its part to help arts organizations stake their ground in the Yampa Valley.

Kahn unveiled the council's new mission, which focuses on providing "innovative, creative and diverse experiences."

In working to develop local artistic talent, Kahn cited the Depot Art Center's new Emerging Artists Gallery, which allows Arts Council members a chance to display their work for a month on one of the gallery's walls.

"The purpose of opening up that space to exhibition is to encourage artists in the community who are perhaps not quite ready in their development to have an exhibit in a professional gallery," said Linda Laughlin, director of visual arts.

Kahn's goals for 2008 include making the Depot a chamber for local arts, emphasizing arts education, establishing a summer outdoor film series and working toward an all-arts festival.

The festival idea, spearheaded by cellist John Sant'Ambrogio, is in its beginning stages. Sant'Ambrogio said the event could span multiple days and incorporate theater, orchestra, opera, chorus, dance and visual arts programs. If it does come together, the festival probably won't happen until late summer 2009, he said.

Kahn said those goals are to be set apart from long-term dreams, which could include additional space for visual and performing arts.

"It's not about us, it's about the community. If this is a need, we'd like to move forward. And if it's not, we can move on," Kahn said about the possibility of establishing a formal arts facility in Steamboat Springs.

- To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204

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Anthony Cyrnak 6 years, 10 months ago

I think Linda's work is exciting and a blessing to the Steamboat community! She has the knowledge and experience necessary to help budding artists reach their potential. Kudos to Linda L!

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