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8' 22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 4- April 10, 1997 Dean leaving growth, commitment behind the scene at SCAC By Rosanne Pack From concerts in country churches and selling crab soup on Return Day to presentations of in- ternationally acclaimed dance troupes and sell-outs of children's theatre productions, Lillian Dean has seen the Sussex County Arts Council evolve over 25 years. For almost 11 of those years, Dean has occupied the executive director's chair of the countywide arts council. And that means she has negotiated performance price with agents, convinced college ad- ministrators that a toilet and shower can be legitimate compo- nents of a work of art, and she has struggled with what kind of floor- ing tO order for what kind of dancers. Looking back, she feels her as- sociation with the arts council has been extremely rewarding. Look- ing forward, she feeIs that it is time to step down from the execu- tive director's position, and pick and choose what she wants to do for a while. Dean will remain in her position until the end of August; allowing a transitional time with a new ex- ecutive director. The veteran of the county arts council office sees this as a time when the organiza- tion is ready for interests and ap- proaches different from hers. And, she is ready for some different challenges. Thne for change "I believe that it is true that al- most any position changes," she said. "What the position calls for now is not necessarily what I'm best at. There is a calling for dif- ferent interests, different talents." By the time she steps down, Dean will have served more than 10 years as executive director, and before that, she served terms on the board of directors in the for- mative years of the Sussex County Arts Council. She has seen first- hand the changes and adjustments that the non-profit organization has made as its board attempted to illustrate the arts for as many in the county as possible. She points out that local community theatre was not as prevalent in the early 70s as it is now; there were few formal arts-related organizations, there was no Delaware Music School, there were far fewer av- enues for area artists to exhibit their work. Arts from the ground up "It was really a very grassroots type of art that we presented in the beginning. We had local musi- cians performing in churches. We gave exhibits to artists who now have their Work shown regularly in area galleries, restaurants and office buildings," she said. "We imported theatre which we no longer need to do. We have so much more live music here now, we don't need to present that. "And, we never had to import visual arts. That's always been here." She also recalls the projects that members took on to increase the visibility of the arts council, to raise funds, and to spend some so- cial time together. There were snow cones to sell at Olde Fash- ioned 4th of July, a big pot of homemade crab soup to sell at those chilly Return Days and a two-day Sussex County Arts Fes- rival that was welcomed in with a hurricane. She considers two of her strong points to be working with the SCAC gallery and the exhibiting artists, and developing and strengthening programs for young people. She has been on board at AMENT LYNC00A0000 A T T O it N Y $ A T L A W 6 Stone Hill Road. P.O. Box 2328. 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