This is my final post to this web site as your Executive Director. It has been a wild year consisting of many accomplishments and a few disappointments. Generally, your Arts Council is in pretty good shape, but I would like to remind the public that we always need your help in volunteering and contributing. The arts have a special place in Los Alamos, but in the current climate, it may not be sustainable unless true leaders step up to lead the charge!
One of those true artistic leaders in the community is Ken Nebel, who has tirelessly and magnanimously dedicated his life to helping the arts thrive in Los Alamos. He has a great staff of teachers, assistants, and volunteers. I hope you all will support him and the Fuller Lodge Art Center in becoming a non-profit, and continuing the great community-connecting and community-building services and programs.
The Arts Council has created a few new programs. One that I am personally dedicated to is the Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture on Music. The first ever lecture in the series will feature Bill McGlaughlin, who is famously promoting all music on his international syndicated program Exploring Music (broadcast on NPR and many other affiliates). The September 22, muli-media lecture (7:30pm, free to the public, at Fuller Lodge), is titled Remembering Lenny, in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary of his birth.
As a sort of “teaser event” before the Sept 22 lecture, Kay Newnam and Jacquelyn Helin will perform the music of Stravinsky and Pergolesi, and Patrick Neher will connect the composer’s music in a mini-lecture. This event, August 26 at 3:30pm (free, Fuller Lodge), will serve as promotion for lecture-recitals in general, and the Sept. 22nd event in particular. Both events will inspire you to look into music more deeply, creating a greater appreciation for musicians and for the musical arts.
To All of YOU, I thank you for the opportunity to lead the Arts Council into some new, exciting directions, and to help establish a greater awareness of the Arts Council and all that it does. I will stay connected with the Arts Council as it has a prominent place in my heart. ~ Patrick Neher (6/2018)