2008 In Review
Pacific Arts Association
By Larry Conrad
First, the Pacific Arts Association (PAA) thanks our community, students, instructors, and all those who gave so generously of their time, energy, talents and funds to make 2008 such a good year for the arts and Blaine such a special place in which to live and work.
During 2008, Anthony Kearns, MaDFusion, and The Arctic Chamber Orchestra brought outstanding concerts to Blaine’s Performing Arts Center with some artists also performing for Blaine school district youth.
Our largest event was the seventh annual Jazz Camp and Festival. More than 100 instrumental and vocal students received instruction from a faculty of professional musicians from around the country. In combos, solo instruction, and concert settings these young musicians grew greatly in skill and enjoyment of their craft.
Local faculty Bob Gray and Glenn Tuski made outstanding contributions to this event. Noon concerts on the G and H Street plazas were well attended, and a new event, the Swing Dance, was greeted with great enthusiasm.
Community members, local businesses, and city of Blaine BTAC contributions all underwrote PAA operations in 2008. Contributions are already coming in for 2009. This area is rich with individuals and organizations working to benefit the arts.
People who have purchased bricks or plaques on the H Street Plaza have helped to pay for the Vigil sculpture by local artist Bob McDermott.
Now those proceeds are being used to support the work of the PAA.
A big transition/challenge for the PAA came in July when Sandy and Bruce Wolf retired from their central leadership roles with us.
The Wolfs contributed countless hours and dollars for the work of the PAA, and although they have pledged continuing support of our programs, their enthusiasm, skills, and energy will be sorely missed.
The good news: Our board has just announced our commitment to Jazz Camp and Festival 2009 with Ted DeCorso continuing as artistic director.
We have also reorganized under the leadership of Bob Boule (interim president) and interim executive director, Larry Conrad.
With the addition of new members such as Kristi Galbraith and George Mills, we look forward to building on our legacy.
If you are interested in helping us, please call 360/510-7574 or email Larry at Lsconrad@comcast.net.