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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Secrets of an Arts Administrator

Is a weekly blog post by BAC's Executive Director, Leigh Anne Chambers.

Topic: Leaving a Legacy

What does it mean to leave a legacy?  This past week the Bossier Arts Council learned that one of our past Board Members, John Cook, had recently passed away.

A few weeks ago the staff, interns, and I had found a couple of scrap books while cleaning out some closets.   As often happens while cleaning we became side tracked and spent quite a while looking through the legacy of the Bossier Arts Council.  One can hear stories or read a history but it's quite a difference to see pictures, articles, playbills, posters, and handwritten cards.  We became immersed in the history and it prompted discussions about our future.  In retrospect it was time well spent.

I remembered seeing John Cook's name so yesterday we pulled them out again.  This time to find articles and images we could copy and send to his family.  It was obvious that the arts and the Bossier Arts Council was important to him.  That he was not only a supporter but an advocate and participant.  It was obvious while flipping through the past that he had left his footprint here.  He helped foster the place we call home.

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting you John Cook I want to say thank you.  Thank you for your time and commitment.  Thank you for your support.  And most importantly thank you for leaving a legacy.

A memorial service will take place today (Thursday, September 27th) at the First United Methodist Church in Shreveport at 2pm.  A reception for friends and family will be held later today at Hill Crest Funeral Home in Haughton, LA from 5-8pm.

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