MACC programs are underway

MEEKER I Meeker Arts and Cultural Council (MACC) President Gary Zellers announced met Monday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Meeker United Methodist Church Annex. Updates on MACC events are as follows:
“Capturing our Culture” Rio Blanco County Historical Society oral history interviews were supported by MACC in cooperation with the Rio Blanco County Pioneers Association on June 2 at the “Old Timers” centennial reunion. More than 20 interviews were conducted and recorded on video tape for future publication and documentation. Anyone wishing to schedule an oral history interview may contact the White River Museum at 878-9982 or email wrmuseum@rioblancocounty.org
The Meeker Pageant is being supported by MACC as part of the Range Call Celebration on July 4 and will be seeking pageant players and tech crew members for this great annual event. Please contact pageant director Laurie Zellers at the numbers listed below for more information.
A MACC float in the Fourth of July parade will feature some creative designs and participation by audience members. Stephanie Kobald and Vanessa Trout are coordinating the float design and construction.
A dinner theatre production for the community is tentatively scheduled for July 28 and should be a hilarious and very enjoyable event. Details will be provided soon for production, venue, casting and recruiting of technical staff, and is open to both youth and adults wishing to participate. Please contact Gary Zellers for more information.
“Meekerpalooza” Band event will be scheduled in late summer, again with details and promotions to follow. This event is being coordinated by Matt Holliday, MACC vice president.
Community theatre (similar to Curtain Call which presented many plays and musicals during the 1950s and 1970s) for both youth and adult performers and technical crews will be launched for year round productions following the dinner theatre show in July. Youth and adult community members interested in being involved in community theatre and other performing and fine arts productions are encouraged to contact MACC and share your ideas about possible productions and your involvement. Whether you are experienced or just want to learn more about performing arts you are most welcome. MACC needs to hear from you personally to learn what your interests and preferences are. Please attend the meeting, call or send your suggestions to MACC officers at the email and phone listed below.
Vanessa Trout reported on her meetings with the Capitol Christmas Tree Project. MACC will have a significant role in cooperation with the Meeker Chamber of Commerce in promoting this national event.
An art-walk program is being considered for local creatives including sculptors, painters, photographers and many other fine arts disciplines. MACC will seek to develop a supportive role for creatives. Fine arts shows and exhibits are also being encouraged. Meeker has a plethora of distinguished artists whose works are nationally renowned.
Stephanie Kobald is coordinating the mural project. Details on this project will be announced in the near future.
MACC will support the Rio Blanco Talent Show during the county fair later in the summer.
Other areas of focus will include possible restoration of the popular Community Concerts series that were presented periodically throughout the year bringing noted artists in many disciplines to the community for cultural enrichment. Additional programs may include the popular cowboy poet’s series. The Meeker’s Got Talent shows and much more. Your input and involvement are needed to make these exciting events happen
A prime interest is creating a performing and fine arts venue for the community through formation of a Colorado Creative Industries Creative District which will involve individuals, community organizations, businesses, government and special districts, et al, and can create revenue and employment which may improve the economy of the community. Creative Industries are the fifth largest economic engine in Colorado. This effort is being coordinated by Vanessa Trout. Trout met with Colorado Creative Industries consultant Nancy Kramer to pursue details of implementing the district.
MACC legal counsel Joe Fennessy discussed details of non-profit status filings and other procedures required for developing the formal organization of MACC.
All friends of the performing and fine arts and cultural organizations are encouraged to attend and participate in this community-based coalition effort to enhance enjoyment of these vital enrichment opportunities for the youth and adults of the Meeker community.
As with any arts and cultural organization, financial support and fund-raising are always necessary and any interested individuals, organizations, corporations and philanthropic foundations are encouraged to participate and help support these programs for the enrichment of the community. Individual membership levels are being defined and corporate or donor financial membership will be established at various levels of giving such as sustaining member, benefactor, patron, et al.
Youth members are especially encouraged to participate as MACC members and to become involved in MACC programs.
To join the MACC email list serve, please send your email address and name to amick@spot. colorado.edu and you will receive postings of MACC activities and meetings. For more information contact Gary or Laurie Zellers at 878-0554, or email deano65@hotmail.com.