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Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:01
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File photo. People walk through downtown Perrysburg during Harrison Rally Day. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG – After almost a quarter-century, the Perrysburg Area Arts Council has taken its last bow. However, a number of its sponsored events and programs are expected to continue.
“It breaks our heart to bring it to a close,” said Corinne Amico, PAAC’s president.
A recent message on the group’s official website stated that the PAAC “has disbanded as of January 2013. We sincerely appreciate the support we have received from the Perrysburg community over the past 23 years. Please continue to support your local arts organizations.”
The group, headquartered on West South Boundary Street, came to an end due to a variety of issues.
“The decision to close came about because we just couldn’t continue it anymore,” said Amico. “There were four of us, and our board had dwindled to four. Everyone has a full-time job and a family, and it makes it very difficult to volunteer. And our support kept drying up. The economy has made it such that businesses are not opening up their wallets to people like us, non-profit organizations. And without money we can’t function, naturally. It goes basically down to economics, like a lot of people are complaining about.”
“I’m saddened, I’m very saddened,” she said later. “My husband and I have been volunteers for years.”
A message of farewell, posted to the PAAC’s Facebook page at the end of last month, noted that the organization was founded in 1989 by Judy Beck, “as a simple directory for local artists” which later became “a non-profit organization responsible for many of the annual events we have all come to anticipate.”
The PAAC sponsored events including Music in the Park, the Brown Bag Concerts, Music at the Market, Art in Public Places, Green Art Camp, the Fiber Arts Show at the 577 Foundation, Youth Summer Theatre, and was perhaps best-known as the co-sponsor of the annual Harrison Rally Day and coordinator of Rally for the Arts at the event.
“Fortunately, Harrison Rally Day will continue as it always has,” the message stated. “PAAC is pleased to announce that the Perrysburg Area Chamber of Commerce has graciously agreed to take over the organization and coordination of Rally for the Arts at Harrison Rally Day this September, and we know that the Chamber will do a great job. We have also taken strides to transition (the) Youth Summer Theatre Musical, and expect that registration information for this great program will be made available soon.”
The Chamber has additionally taken over the Music at the Market, a slate of 12 concerts held at the Farmers Market each Thursday downtown during the summer, and Amico said the city will continue the Music in the Park events. The Fiber Art Show will also still be held, taking place this year at the 577 Foundation on June 8 and 9.
Additionally, “we have money that we are going to distribute as scholarships this spring” at the high school, said Amico, so “(the PAAC is) not just going away in the matter of a minute.”
 

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