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Articipate has expanded its programs and added staff members, including a new executive director, Elliot Jackson. Jackson has an extensive background in grant writing and in the arts, both as performer and program administrator. She has also worked for numerous library systems as a program coordinator for adult and family literacy programs and as development director for radio station KHEN FM 106.9 in Salida.

Tina Graman has joined Articipate as the new program director. Tina is a local artist, arts educator and founder of Salida Creativity Lab. Trevor “Bones” Davis continues in his role as public relations director, and Articipate’s primary music instructor, leading marimba bands Wooden Rain and Wooden Rain Drops, developing Scrap Yard and directing five Rok Skool bands.

This fall, the organization will offer several opportunities for community members to learn from local artists with our new series of classes for adults called Articipate Sundays. The classes, which begin Sept. 30, include:

Communication through drawing with Naters Art.

• Painting play night with Lisa DeYoung.

• The art of the spring roll with Phanny Jones.

• Baking with Sarah Gartzman

• Plays well with others theater workshop with Jan Justis.

• Silk screening with Ken Brandon.

All of the classes will meet at Salida Community Center except for the silk-screening class, which will meet at Box of Bubbles. There will be collector patches and prizes awarded to community members who attend the most number of classes. Registration began Aug. 25.

Articipate continues to offer quarterly scholarships to anyone who wishes to pursue an artistic discipline, including but not limited to: dance, music, fine art, acrobatics and drama. Scholarships for the fall season have been awarded thanks to the Salida Rotary Club and several local businesses, including Mama D’s, Las Camelinas and Moonlight Pizza.

Articipate is a local, nonprofit, arts organization whose mission is to foster awareness and teach the importance of the arts in building communities and improving lives through workshops, performances and educational programs for all ages. For more information about Articipate, its staff, programs and scholarships, please visit the website at or contact

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