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|CDPAC loses 'right energy' events person|
Yender, resigning post, sees ‘so much potential’ in local arts community
By Tom Pantera
After two years as the events coordinator at the Central DeWitt Performing Arts Center, Angela Yender is leaving DeWitt.
Yender, 41, will move to Montrose, Colorado, where her husband, Aaron, has taken a position with 3M Co.
The date of her move is not yet set, although her husband will start work in Colorado next month. She is uncertain whether she will seek a similar position in Colorado.
"I'm open," she said. "This [DeWitt job] has really opened up my interests to these types of things."
Montrose has a strong arts community, with summer arts and music events, she said, and that could present some opportunities.
During her time here, she is proudest of "the connections that I made between the CDPAC and the community."
That has resulted in more sponsorships and getting tickets to more people who had not patronized the CDPAC before, but have become repeat customers.
Yender also brought in a production company from the Davenport area to do technical work on shows, resulting in "a real professional look" for productions, she said.
Longed for a sellout
The one thing she wasn't able to do was pack the shows.
"I wanted to have a sellout show," she said, "not for me, but to have the community see it and feel it."
She said the arts community in DeWitt is growing. "I think it has so much potential."
Yender points to not just her own organization, but to local fixtures such as the art gallery at the Operahouse Theater and the growing number of community and arts festivals.
"There's still opportunities that remain untapped," she said.
She lauded CDPAC's volunteers, particularly the executive committee of Steve Thayer, Steve Lindner and Dan Peterson.
"Their leadership is significant, and the community is very committed to making it a thriving program," Yender said. "They're going to do well in the future. It was an honor to work with these volunteers."
Lindner, president of the board, was equally complimentary of Yender.
"She's been wonderful for us," he said. "She'll be greatly missed. She has the right energy and personality to do a number of things we needed to do."
And she worked well with disparate groups of people, he said.
Lindner said CDPAC does not yet have a timetable for finding her successor. Officials will meet Friday to begin that process, he said.
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