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Our Opinion: Rebik served well

May 05, 2001

We are not sure why the Imperial County Arts Council board chose to remove Nan Rebik as interim director of the council. As far as we could tell, and we worked with her regularly, Rebik did a good job of expanding the arts in the Imperial Valley and getting the word out about programs. She seemed to be a fighter who focused a lot of time on making sure the arts thrived in the Imperial Valley.

We have heard from members of the Arts Council who said we do not have all the facts and there were reasons behind the decision to replace Rebik. Maybe. So we are not going to criticize the board for its decision. We just know we enjoyed working with Rebik and on the limited levels we dealt with her and could evaluate her performance, she did a fine job.

Still, the board made a decision and it has set the Arts Council down a new path in which it will seek new leadership. It is going to have its work cut out for it now to find a person who cares for the arts and young people as much as Rebik does.

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For far too long we have heard people in the Imperial Valley complain that there is not much to do here. That is true on some levels, but it certainly is not completely accurate. In fact, if you look at the amount of arts-related activities in the Valley over the past year, there was something to do every week. Rebik had a lot to do with that, as did the Arts Council board.

Those involved with the arts are a group of dedicated people willing to give their time to protect and expand the arts. We may not understand the board's decision regarding Rebik, but that does not take away from the work that has been accomplished in the arts field in recent years.

We thank Rebik for helping make the arts a growing part of the Valley. We can only hope the person chosen to replace her can bring a fresh set of ideas to further the cause. The people of the Valley deserve such service.

We urge people to take advantage of the arts programs available. If we do not we stand to lose what we have gained thanks to many, with Nan Rebik at the forefront with a few others.

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