BRANSON MO NEWS: The “winter months” have been quite busy for the Branson Regional Arts Council. In addition to hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and announcing several upcoming events, the council also recently announced they would be merging with the Branson Tri-Lakes Community Theatre.In an official announcement, the Branson Regional Arts Council announced John Ashcroft, State of Missouri Secretary of State, signed the merger as official on Jan. 23 after several months of discussion and preparation between both nonprofit organizations. The merger was passed by unanimous votes from the active members.“When the Branson Regional Arts Council entered into our agreement last fall to assume operations of the Historic Owen Theatre, we knew this would create an opportunity to provide a permanent home venue for community theatre in the Branson Tri-Lakes Area,” said Branson Regional Arts Council Executive Director Jim Barber. ”The Tri-Lakes Community Theatre, TLC, has struggled in recent years to find available performance space, and therefore, financial support to sustain its operations into the future. We felt that this merger, with the goal of preserving the amazing 34 year history of TLC productions, would be very beneficial to our community, and provide TLC with additional management and marketing support.
“I want to thank Jean Cantwell, Harry Styron, Phoebe Fox-Head, Sean Neil Myers, Della Mason Stacy, and the Branson Regional Arts Council board, for their cooperation and vision during this merger process.”Both groups were founded by longtime Branson resident Jean Cantwell, as well as several other area arts enthusiasts. The Branson Regional Arts Council was founded in 1965 as the Taney Arts Council, and Tri-Lakes Community Theatre was formed in 1983. According to a release, Cantwell “was extremely excited to learn that both organizations she help give life to, would now continue forward as one,” combining her love of the visual arts and live community …
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