Cannon Arts Board, a new arts organization in Cannon Falls, has been working together since November, establishing bylaws, forming a seven member board of directors and brainstorming a vision for the growth of the arts community in the area. Board members include Jim Bowen, Kim Foss, Marci French, Mike Gesme, Beth Giese, Dave Machacek and Jane Peterson.
Marci French initiated the forming of the group last November. "There's really a lot going on in Cannon Falls. This is a great place to live and a destination location for many great art related events. The intent of the board is to inspire, empower and connect these groups to each other and to people in and around the community. We want to support and celebrate the events that are already thriving while creating a channel for more art related activities to reach us," said French.
"When people think about Cannon Falls, we want them to think about the arts like they think about the bike trail or the river... it's a reason to come (or stay!)," said Jim Bowen board Treasurer.
"I'm so pleased to know that a board has been formed for an arts organization in Cannon Falls. This will bring together and promote all the various artistic endeavors in the community. The arts are such an important part of our community and I wish Cannon Arts Board the best!", Kathy Brekken, a Cannon Falls native and former CEO of Midwest of Cannon Falls commented.
"Our first task will be to unify all of the current art related projects and events so that they become more visible and become a part of the Cannon Falls identity. We hope to do this, in part, by establishing a centralized, web based calendar of all art related events in Cannon Falls," said board member and ArtOrg director Dave Machacek.
Already, the board has been approached with ideas for new events and programs. Chuck Bracken, former member of The Cannon Community Theater would like to see this group get started again. He is hoping to collaborate with CannonAB in the production of a dinner theater held at the new Cannon River Winery event space, early in 2015. The Cannon Falls Library is also working with CannonAB to come up with innovative monthly programming to celebrate the arts right at the library!
"The Cannon Arts Board will evolve with time. Once we establish a calendar, we hope to create an annual event of our own. We think the community will enjoy our future presentations. I am very enthusiastic about this group and its ability to get things done and done well!", said board vice president Jane Peterson.
CannonAB is developing a website and facebook page. For now, look for news and updates in The Beacon. If you'd like to get involved or have interest in making a contribution of any sort, be it financial or otherwise, contact CannonAB at firstname.lastname@example.org.