Art in the Park raises $4K for Steamboat Springs Arts Council |

Art in the Park raises $4K for Steamboat Springs Arts Council

Art Council explores expanding educational programs

— The Steamboat Springs Arts Council raised almost $4,000 in donations at Art in the Park, its largest fundraiser of the year.

The festival, which took place July 9 and 10, featured three large donation bins that quickly filled with cash throughout the weekend.

The $3,797 that was collected will be used to improve and expand educational programs, Arts Council program coordinator Rachel Radetsky said.

“We’re exploring what the needs are in the community,” Radetsky said. “Our Kaleid­oscope (children’s) program is full for theater, and we want to expand it to reach out.”

Arts Council Executive Dir­ector Clark Davidson said the organization wants to extend the children’s outreach program into the school year.

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In addition, the council hopes to launch a dance program in cooperation with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to supplement fall dryland training.

The program would offer winter sport athletes instruction in dance to help with development of strength, flexibility and agility.

“We want to reach out to everybody,” Davidson said.

The council also will use the funds generated during Art in the Park to bring Ken Waldman, a writer, musician and entertainer, to Steamboat Springs in October for a two-day interactive, educational program at local elementary schools.

Waldman, a bluegrass musician and poet, also will play a free community concert.

“It will be a night for the community as a whole,” Davidson said.

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