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Lincoln Arts belongs to whole community

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I feel that I must write a response to Lincoln Arts & Culture letter/Carol Feineman’s (front page) article last week in The News Messenger (Feb. 9, “An end of an era. Lincoln Arts – Oct. 1986 to Feb. 2012”). I was a member of Lincoln Arts and participated in Feats of Clay. For many years, I designed the entrance decor for the reception, helped with displays on the third floor, made T-shirts for the volunteers, had artwork in the gift shop, served on the Feats Committee, and some years, I led up to two tours a day as a docent. A few years ago, I resigned all involvement because of the leadership of Lincoln Arts. I was recently contacted by Lincoln Arts saying that there was a rumor I was trying to “take over” Lincoln Arts and Feats of Clay. This is not true! I was told the board of Lincoln Arts was going to dissolve Lincoln Arts and lock up the trademarked Feats of Clay until 2021 to protect its “integrity.” To infer that the current director and board are the only ones who can protect the “integrity” is just wrong. Lincoln Arts and Cultural Foundation and Feats of Clay were created 15 years before this director was ever involved and is the result of thousands of hours of hard work, time, money and community support. The city of Lincoln made a sizable donation of money back at the beginning to help in the creation of a nonprofit community art association. Many individuals, businesses and corporations have contributed during its history. This letter is not an attempt to take over the organization or event. I seek only to defend the investment and support of many, many others. Lincoln Arts and Cultural Foundation belongs to the people and community of Lincoln, whether or not they have been members of the organization. I encourage any member of Lincoln Arts to attend their meeting in March and, if there is a vote, vote no to dissolving Lincoln Arts. Jean Cross, Lincoln