Art League looks to Marco Island civic leaders for financial turnaround

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  • Dave Rice to help bring financial turnaround to Art League
  • Organization fights tough battle after 40 years on Island
  • Keith Dameron of the Art League board quits temporarily from working with 7 other organizations to focus on helping Art League

— The Art League has a very serious financial situation to deal with and if a turn around is not successful, the facility could close, announced Keith Dameron, who serves on the Art League’s board of directors.

In a prepared release and letter, which was sent Monday afternoon to the several committees Dameron serves, Dameron wrote that the “organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary in November, yet it’s future has never been more in doubt.”

David Rice, a leader in putting together activities and fundraisers for Christmas Island Style among other endeavors, will help implement a financial turnaround to eliminate current debt and stabilize the financial future of the Art League.

Dameron sent a request for a leave of absence to each of the seven committees he is a member of so that he could focus first on his job as vice president of Orion Bank and secondly on helping the Art League. Dameron is temporarily suspending service with the Rotary Club, Marco Police Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Marco Alumni, Donna Fiala Marco Advisory Group, Tommie Barfield Elementary school student advisory committee and the city arts advisory committee. He said he will continue correspondence once a timeframe for the turnaround has been established.

Check back for more news coverage of the Art League’s status.

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Comments » 4

ratsnake writes:

Perhaps the art league should expand its appeal by relating more to young artists and young art lovers instead of orienting primarily around a seniors crowd. There seems to be no place for young, hip artists or art lovers there.

fortl writes:

Could this guy serve on any more boards or organizations?
He better quit before the bank finds out he really is not there!

lauralbi1 writes:

For all of you who wonder what is meant by CAVE Dweller/person, please read the blog above by fortl. Thank you Keith for all of your Community Service and involvement. The majority of us appreciate it !! We cannot wait to see you back again doing what it is you love to do !!
Another blog for the upcoming Council campaign. Thank you.
Ed Issler

JohninMarco writes:

Mr Issler, you will not be happy until you run every resident off this island.

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