To coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the fire of Pioneer Theatre in downtown Lamar, The Arkansas Valley Wind & Percussion Ensemble, Inc. will be working with other arts organizations (including the Southeast Colorado Arts Council) to expand and continue to renovate the Shore Arts Center. Donated to AVWPE, Inc. in 2006, the Shore Arts Center has become a main attraction and feature to Lamar’s downtown district. The center is currently home to thriving music programs including the AVWPE concert band, the Valley Jazz Orchestra and the Take Five Jazz Quintet. The center hosts weekly square dance rehearsals with the legendary Dudes & Dames dancers led by Carla Scranton. The Southeast Colorado Arts Council hosts a varied schedule of art shows, sales, receptions and membership drives throughout the year as well. Expansion plans include a new multi-purpose dance & music rehearsal hall, studio rooms for artists, retail gallery space and much needed storage for the facility. A proposed Arts & Music History Museum will be one of the cornerstones for the new facility in the future and summer exhibits are currently planned for 2013 in the Walter-Hobbs Hall of the center. Organizers are asking for any stories, history or memorabilia that you would like to see featured at the museum within the Shore Arts Center. Old photos, recordings, instruments, dance outfits, etc. would be treasured exhibits within the museum. If you’re interested in preserving Southeast Colorado’s rich & varied arts & music history, please contact Trevor La Cost at 719-931-0137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.