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Arts director reflects on two years in center job [UPDATED]

Published 10:18am Thursday, November 14, 2013 Updated 12:21pm Thursday, November 14, 2013

I received a beautiful card from the staff last Wednesday congratulating me on two years of service to A Center for the Arts and it made me think.

It has been a wonderful two years. Great new friends, a house, wonderful place to work and the children of the area are “want to learn sponges,” clean lakes, state parks, Prairie Wetlands, M-State, appreciation for all art forms, sports and (not a typo) great new friends.

This is a community of wonderful people. I started to list the names but the article became too long. We have accomplished many things in the last two years and I thank those before me who made sure that A Center for the Arts was a vital part of this community.

We have restored the space above the Senior Center, the “Bakken Building,” although it is not complete yet.

We had added new seats and completed a paint job in the theatre, rearranged office spaces, remodelied the dressing room areas, have a new entertainment format forming our season, including on stage shows, continued our community outreach, crows for concerts and movies in the park, and this is the tip of the iceberg.

We are approaching the holidays and it is time to be thankful — M-State thank you for your commitment to education and the community; “Footloose” was wonderful, the revolving art is always inspirational, the bands and choirs are always top notch and Lori, thank you for letting me get muddy.

To the public schools; nicely done orchestra, band, choir, theatre, volleyball, lyceums and so much more, and not just Fergus people. I saw a wonderful choir concert in Underwood last year.

To the city — I have yet to have someone just say “no.” We may get there but not without exploring the possibilities first. Employees are helpful and willing. City Council — everyone thinks it’s easy and everyone has an opinion, but not everyone will choose to glean the information needed to make tough decisions that will guide this community for decades. You stepped up and I thank you.

Lake Region Hospital — thank you, thank you, thank you. Having lived in communities where healthcare was difficult or an hour away — You rock.

The arts community is flourishing and moving forward. I met the father of an astronaut and cheered her safe return to earth. Karen Nyberg you are a hero and you father’s sculptures are magnificent.

To the Viking Library System, thank you for the opportunity you provide to all who are willing to participate.

Thank you Dr. Scott — who thought going to the dentist would be fun and something painless.

To the police and firefighters — we don’t say thank you enough.

So many people of this community give unselfishly to this community. During the holidays please say “thank you” to someone who makes a difference.

The holidays are crazy and we here at AC4TA help by offering wonderful options for entertainment This Thursday and Friday, at 7 p.m. award winning actor Anthony Zerbe will be offering, free of charge, a lecture and workshop on his 50 years of Theatre one evening and TV and Movies the next before he takes the stage at 7:30 Saturday. He will be performing his one-man show on the prose and poetry of E.E. Cummings. Just prior to the show on Saturday, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. meet artist Ruth Kerry and see her show in our lobby. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tonic Sol-Fa, singers extraordinaire, are co-producing an event on our stage to move you into the holiday season.

Please check out all our December events on our web page. Fergus Falls and surrounding community thank you for helping me feel like I’m home.


Michael Burgraff is the director at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.

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