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Arts coalition is going strong

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Arts Coalition of Delta County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has reformed with some new officers and a new direction. The organization, which has been around for several years, has the same priorities as it started with, but with a step-by-step plan. Founder Richard Weldon said, "We wish to promote the arts in Delta County and this is our number one goal. We have a lengthy agenda which will help our economy, increase business, and develop hundreds of new jobs throughout the county. Our new direction started with the board forging ahead with our plans, increasing our board from five to nine members, electing a new vice president, a new treasurer, and adding new and helpful activities."

Upcoming activities include an art fair and a fundraiser for the arts in May or June (dates to be announced).

People who are interested in theater or acting are being sought to form a Delta County Theater Guild. Sponsored by AC/DC, this group will put on several plays, dramas or musicals each year and will be open to all ages. Weldon said one or two adults are needed to head this group, plus many others to help with the productions.

"We as a nonprofit are not wishing to replace what each community is now doing," Weldon said. "We want to enhance your efforts and hope to help you expand your existing programs. Our neighbors to the south have increased their economy, drawn new business, and increased the overall economy by millions of dollars each year. If we work together, we can also do the same, plus we can make our county a "destination" rather than a drive through.

The Arts Coalition of Delta County board of directors includes Richard Weldon, retired Delta band director and businessman, president; Tony Bohling, assistant director of the Technical College of the Rockies, vice president; Kandi Connell, businesswoman from Cedaredge, secretary; Bernis Sattler, a retiree from Cedaredge, treasurer; and David Star, musician and businessman from Cedaredge.

For more information, contact Weldon at weldon 814162944@yahoo.com or 970-640-6520.

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