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Chooses officers, steering committee, looking for volunteers and suggests upcoming plans

Molalla's recently established Arts and Culture Committee met on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to choose officers, look into funding grants and determine upcoming plans.

The officers chose Ken Fetters as their chair with Lindsey Knapp as vice chair and Dave Jackson as the recorder. The steering committee includes the three officers and Steve Mysinger and Dannie Aasted. Also attending were Elizabeth Klein, City Council liaison and Council member DeLise Palumbo.

They also chose five programs to they want to work on including Rodeo Days, Pianos in the Park, Adams Cemetery historical tour, Celebrate Molalla and a couple of grant programs. The grant programs include one the city administers, called the Mt. Hood Territory Grant. This year the group will shadow city staff so that the committee will take it over in 2021. They also are compiling a list of grants available to the committee and the names of grant writers before they move forward, Jackson said.

The group also is reaching out to volunteers to help with the projects. As the Piano in Fox Park has settled in and events were created around it, they will be placing a patriotic piano in Long Park likely around Memorial Day, Jackson told the Pioneer. Its already been painted by Dave Alexander and ready to go in honor of first responders, Jackson said.

A third piano will be placed in Adams Cemetery. Fetters noted the project, under Bob Oblack's management now has three other pianos to be placed in parks or other open spaces in Molalla.

The next Arts and Culture committee meeting is set for Friday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. at The Main Shop, 104 East Main. Those interested are invited to attend.

Carol Rosen
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