Stage goes dark as Osage City Area Arts Council takes last bows

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – At the August meeting of the Osage City Area Arts Council, the board of directors voted for dissolution of the 13-year-old organization, effective Sept. 15, 2016.

According to the OCAAC President Dave Azwell, due to a number of factors, it has become difficult for the group to successfully carry out their mission, which was to “present programs of high quality in the fine arts to include theater, visual, literary, and performing arts. The council will also provide educational and performance opportunities for youth.”

“It has become increasingly difficult to provide quality performances due to the lack of state funding for the small arts councils, and the increased cost of good performers,” Azwell said. “OCAAC has had a good run over the last 13 years, and the council hopes the patrons have enjoyed the performers that were presented.”

OCAAC was chartered as a not for profit corporation in 2003, by charter members Jim Seeman, Gail Bean, Kathy Camarena, Tara Schlessener, Casey Mussatto, and Sheree Stopple.

Over the years OCAAC provided programming in the arts for Osage City and the surrounding communities. One goal has been to have a variety of events including concerts, social events, and educational arts activities for students of Osage City public schools. The council has received community support through membership, donated funds, and attendance at sponsored events.

Since its beginning, the group has averaged five to eight programs per year. Some of the events provided by OCAAC included the Kansas Army National Guard 35th Infantry Division Band, local art shows, the Topeka Symphony, Lawrence Children’s Choir, Nick Stopple, Judy Coder, various groups from Emporia State University, the Leavenworth Enactors, Acoustic Eidelon, and a Cinco de Mayo celebration with food and traditional mariachi music. The group has sponsored such events as local music workshops for Osage City High School students and chalk art for the elementary students. They have given financial support for school drama performances and local library summer reading programs.

All remaining funds from the group’s treasury will be divided among the Osage City school music, art, and drama departments, and the Osage City Public Library summer reading programs.

Azwell said the Osage City Area Arts Council would like to thank the patrons of the arts, local businesses, and private donors for their support over the years.

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