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Our Opinion: Rebik doing the job

January 24, 2001

In recent weeks and months, arts in the Imperial Valley have been decidedly abundant.

From a full slate of musicals, plays and stage performances at Southwest Performing Arts Theatre in El Centro and the Palmer Performing Arts Center in Brawley, to concerts in local clubs, to a bevy of art exhibitions by local and national artists at this county's various arts galleries, the local pickings in the arts have gone from slim to significant.

For every concert, for every exhibit, for every play there are those local individuals working to put such shows together.

A great many of these cultural events are staged by the folks at the Imperial County Arts Council, who operate on a shoestring budget out of the Old Post Office Pavilion on South Fifth Street in El Centro.

We'd like to thank folks like Patricia Saracco, who heads up the North County Arts Coalition, and Carmen Durazo, who leads a dedicated Calexico Arts Commission. Both agencies are branches of the county Arts Council.


Then there's Randy Carson, a local teacher and current project manager for the Arts Council. Carson has tirelessly dedicated his time and resources to furthering the arts in Imperial County.

Much of what has gone in the arts locally over the past year and a half, however, couldn't have been made possible without the efforts of Nan Rebik, the Arts Council's interim executive director.

Rebik has served as interim head for more than a year. Since then, the Arts Council has launched a number of successful projects and events.

Take the weekly "Friday Night at the OPOP," a venue for local and national talents to show their stuff. "Friday Night at the OPOP" has been host to everything from teen-age punk bands and jazz guitarists, to performances by the Mostly Theatre Co. and the Reader's Theatre.

Another successful outing was the "Chalk It Up to the Arts" event at the Old Post Office Pavilion in October.

There are a number of other programs like "Arts in Corrections" and summer programs aimed at teaching children music and drama.

We realize the Arts Council board comes up with many ideas and direction, but Rebik is the one who must carry those ideas and that direction to fruition. Rebik, through her guidance, has helped the council flourish with her enthusiasm and love of the arts.

The Arts Council recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. It seems only fitting that in such a banner year for the organization the interim tag should be knocked off of Rebik's title.

We're not sure why the Arts Council board hasn't let go of the interim title, but we hope the board realizes it has a strong leader in Rebik.

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