Allied Arts Council celebrates 50 years

July 2, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact: Teresa Fankhauser, Executive Director, Allied Arts Council, 816-233-0231 or email:

ST. JOSEPH, MO— The Allied Arts Council celebrates 50 years and honors past and present members as it celebrates 50 years of bringing arts and people together. The celebration, which includes the annual meeting and Mayor’s Awards for the Arts, is July 18 at The Benton Club, 402 N. 7th, St. Joseph, MO 64501. Arts patrons are invited to celebrate the arts and honor those who make the arts great in St. Joseph. Cocktails begin at 5:30 with dinner at 6:15. Tickets are $50.00 per person. To make a reservation call the Allied Arts Council office at 816-233-0231, or email, by July 11.

The Annual Meeting includes a recap of the Allied Arts Council’s programs and election of Board of Directors. The nominating committee presents the following nominative slate:

Class of 2015 Megan Dwyer Candy Embray

Class of 2016 Trudie Diaz-Farmer Dan Hegeman Shana Meyer Stacey Park Melody Smith Darren Verbick Nominating Committee Byron Myers Alison Schieber Ray Sisson Melody Smith Alison Schieber Arts Fund Endowment Committee Mark Cochran Karen Graves Brandon Holle Larry Stobbs Matt Tabor Donna Turk

Following the annual meeting, the Board of Directors votes on the proposed slate of officers: President- Natalie Redmond 1st Vice President- Mark Cochran 2nd Vice President- Brett Lackey Secretary- Barb Connor Treasurer- Dan Hegeman

The evening closes with the Council honoring this year’s Mayor’s Awards for the Arts nominees and recipients. “The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts encourage citizens to express themselves in areas that create culture and opportunities to experience an event, whether by participating or enjoying a relaxing evening being entertained," said Mayor Bill Falkner. The 2013 nominees are:

Artist of the Year ?John T. Knechtenhofer ?Laurel Klinger Vartabedian, PhD

Arts Educator of the Year •Ashley Kempt Arts/Business Partnership •Chad Crooks/Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church and St. Joseph School District •Mount Mora Cemetery Preservation & Restoration Association’s “Voices of the Past” and St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

Youth Artist •Sarah Bronson •Joseph Kellogg •Reid Schmidling

Business Support of the Arts •Chad Crooks/Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church •The First Ward House

Individual Leadership •David Cripe

Volunteer of the Year •The First Ward House (Ryan Gerster/David Allison) •Carol Matt

Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement Award •Charles (Bud) Salanski

? The Allied Arts Council was organized in 1963 to provide service to St. Joseph area arts organizations, artists, and the general public. The Council has since grown into a federation of sixteen arts agencies and now produces community arts programs, raises funds, promotes public awareness, and provides service and support to its member agencies. The Allied Arts Council seeks to make St. Joseph a better place to live through the arts, and its mission is to provide leadership and support for the arts and to its member organizations.


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