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SMAHC 'Listening Session' addresses new arts funds

WILLMAR -- The Barn Theatre will host a Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council "Listening Session" from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jazz n' Java, 913 Hwy. 71 N.E., in Willmar.

SMAHC is trying to gather as much input as possible from people throughout the region to help guide them in designing programs for the new Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds the council will be receiving.

SMAHC wants to hear ideas on how the new State Arts and Culture Funds should be invested. Specifically, what are the most important arts needs and opportunities in the region and what should be accomplished with the new sales tax funds designated for the arts?

SMAHC Executive Director Greta Murray will talk about the new Legacy Amendment funds, how the new arts funds must be spent, and who will have access to the arts funds.

The public is invited to attend. All ideas and comments are welcome. If you are not able to attend, you may submit your ideas and suggestions by email to

Willmar Area Arts Council

launches new Web site

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Area Arts Council has launched a new Web site

The new site will include information about the Willmar Area Arts Council, a calendar of art-related events, an online artist registry, the art-on-loan program for businesses, a view of the gallery, an electronic version of the council's quarterly newsletter ArtSpark, and a membership application form.

TV's 'Guiding Light'

shoots final scenes in N.J.

PEAPACK-GLADSTONE, N.J. (AP) -- The cast and crew of "Guiding Light" -- TV's longest-running soap opera -- have finished shooting their final scenes in a northern New Jersey town.

Afterward, they gathered at Peapack Reformed Church for a service to remember the show. The church has served as the site for weddings and funerals in "Guiding Light's" fictional town of Springfield.

The Rev. Kathryn Henry recalled that the show's title referred to a lamp put in a church window by the fictional Rev. Rutledge to welcome parishioners seeking guidance.

CBS has canceled the program after a 72-year run that predates television. "Guiding Light" will air its last episode on Sept. 18.

Yvonna Wright, who plays Mel Boudreau Bauer, says Tuesday's service offered some closure.