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Allied Arts Council Makes 2020 Arts Fund Goal

Denise Meyers, the Arts Fund Co Chair announced during the Allied Arts Council annual meeting that the Arts Fund Cabinet was able to meet the challenge of raising $235,000 to support the arts for the coming year.

Raising money is never easy in a normal year, but with the added challenge of raising funds during a pandemic, this year was more complex. Returning Arts Fund co-chairs Denise Meyer and Janie Findley and their hard-working cabinet rose to the challenge, and thanks to their efforts, the funded agencies can spend more time producing art and less time worrying about how to pay the light bill.
Contributions come from a variety of sources including individuals,  government sources, corporations and workplace giving campaigns.

Since 1982, the Allied Arts Council has raised money to support the work of arts organizations. The annual Arts Fund campaign is one of the most important
programs the Council produces each year. This year the dollars raised will support the work of seven member arts organizations: Creative Arts Productions, Performing Arts Association, RiverSong, Robidoux Resident Theatre, St. Joseph Community Chorus, Saint Joseph Symphony, and the Allied Arts Council.

Allied Arts Council honors outstanding contributions to the arts during at its annual meeting.

Mayor Bill McMurray presents Mayor’s Awards for the Arts
Lee Ann Smiley elected President              

The Allied Arts Council held its annual meeting and Mayor’s Awards for the Arts virtually, Thursday July 16. Outgoing President Dr. Melody Smith opened the meeting by thanking everyone who worked to make the Allied Arts Council a success. President Smith presented a brief review of the annual report highlighting achievements of the Council.

The nominating committee presented and the membership approved the nominative slate. Janell Becerra, Dawn Cooperider, Devon Kariker, John Kempt, Sara Markt and Michelle Norman were elected to their 1st term, and Josh Emberton and Terri Modlin were elected to their 2nd term.

Following the general membership meeting, the Board of Directors meeting was called to order and the board elected Lee Ann Smiley, President; Terri Modlin, 1st Vice President; Liby Waltemath, 2nd Vice President; Tona Williams, Secretary; and Brendon Clark, Treasurer.

Newly elected president Lee Ann Smiley closed the meeting and introduced Mayor Bill McMurray who announced this year’s Mayor’s Awards for the Arts recipients. The 2020 honorees are Marla Heeler, Artist of the Year; R. Vance Baldwin, Arts Educator of the Year; Mary Shuman, Outstanding Volunteer Calvin Kress, Youth Artist; Barry Birr, Individual Leadership; Thomas P. Smith was honored with the Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement Award.

Allied Arts Council donates sculpture to city

ST. JOSEPH, MO—24 June 2020— The Allied Arts Council is donating “Espiritu Libre” by Harold Linke, one of the sculptures from the 2019-2020 Sculpture Walk, to the City of St. Joseph. The bronze statue is in front of the Missouri Theater and depicts a young girl celebrating life and art.

The purchase was made possible in part thanks to a generous donation to the Sculpture Walk by Rene Malden. Last year Ms. Malden, who was in St. Joseph to visit her mother, fell in love with “Espiritu Libre” and especially liked its placement in front of the theater.

Sculptor Harold Linke said he created the sculpture to symbolize the joy and fun of summer. “Flowers in bloom are symbolized by the colorful cast glass.  The rounds might also bring to mind bubbles and a child's laughter. The beauty of public art is that is brings to mind something different for everyone. It reaches people beyond galleries and museums. I strive

to provoke a reaction and or emotion. This piece was created to attract attention and bring to mind the glee of the summer season.”

Each year, the Allied Arts Council purchases a piece from the Sculpture Walk installation to donate to the City. This is part of the Council’s mission to provide and support art and arts organization in St. Joseph. If you have questions about the Sculpture Walk or purchasing a piece, contact the Allied Arts Council at 816.233.0231.


Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby take top honors in this year's St. Joseph Sculpture Walk

ST. JOSEPH, MO—25 June 2020— At the start of the Allied Arts Council’s 2020/2021 St. Joseph Sculpture Walk social distancing "First Walk," this year’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were announced.

Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby took first and second place for “Carmin Marimba” and “School’s Out” respectively and third place went to James Douglas Cox for “Barrel of Monkeys.”

First place winners Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby, of  Sioux Falls South Dakota, created “Carmin Marimba” as a tribute to the 1940’s when Latin music was introduced to America via 40’s musicals such as “Road to Rio” and television programing such as “I Love Lucy.” Carmin smiles, sways and plays the caracas as she invites the viewer to interact by playing music with her.

“School’s Out,” also by artists Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby, took second place, and is a bronze that celebrates summer. The artists’ statement reads “He’s finally free from the bonds of school. He’s delivering a classic Satchel Paige first pitch. His final report card reveals, ‘Chet has had a hard time keeping his mind on his studies this spring!’"

“Barrel of Monkeys” received third place. Sculptor James Douglas Cox is a self-taught artist who enjoys creating.  “The sculptures I make have to be aesthetically pleasing to me because I can spend anywhere from 200-400 hours on each of them. My sculptures aren’t meant to make any profound statements or change the world. I strive for fun and clever. If you can smile and forget your troubles, if only for the moment, I will consider the sculpture a success.”

This year seventeen sculptures grace downtown St. Joseph. The exhibit is open until mid-May 2021. Sculpture Walk brochures are available at local downtown businesses, sculpture ballot boxes and online at https://www.stjoearts.org/programs_sculpture_walk.htm.

To take a self-guided audio tour, download Otocast, available free from Google Play and the Apple Store. The app provides details about each sculpture and includes audio of the artists discussing their sculptures. After the tour you can vote for your favorite sculpture by dropping your ballot in one of the ballot boxes or online. Voting is open from now until January 2021. All of the sculptures are also for sale. You can find purchasing information at www.stjoearts.org.

This project is made possible through the partnership with the City of St. Joseph, funding from the St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District and numerous sponsors.

For more information about the Sculpture Walk, please call 816-233-0231, or visit www.stjoearts.org.



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