The East Grand Forks Arts Council will continue as an organization, and the fall arts and crafts show will be hosted this fall as its has for the past 46 years, it was decided at a recent meeting.
The viability of the organization was in doubt last fall, when council leaders announced that the group would disband if eight or more new board members didn't come forward to replace those who have resigned or are retiring.
At their meeting Monday, the group elected new officers: Kelly Berg, president; Alyson Gillies and Sarah Kyte, vice presidents; Amanda Scanson and Becky Egeland, co-treasurers; Tanta Gillies, secretary; and Crystal Staus, social media chair.
Susan Anderson, Cori Norgy, Nicole Barrett, Cassie Hobus and Lorraine O'Shea, will serve as co-chairs to organize the fall arts and crafts show.
The council financially supports arts education and activities for the community and in its schools.
"So the show will go on this fall and, hopefully, going forward, because we asked (new board members) for a commitment of several years," said O'Shea.
Most of the 35 people who attended the meeting signed up as members of the council, she said.
O'Shea was "really happy" with the turnout at Sacred Heart School.
Before the meeting started, "I doubted we would get very many people," she said in an interview Tuesday. "The weather wasn't very good."
But she was surprised by the number of people who showed up.
"Everybody was so supportive, and they said, 'We don't want to let this event go.' "
"Quite a few music teachers" also attended the meeting, O'Shea said.
She was especially encouraged by the number of younger adults in the audience.
"I'm so glad (the community) is going to carry on with it," she said. The vote to continue the organization and its work "was really heartwarming for me."
O'Shea and other board members who have served for many years are anxious to turn the reins over to new leaders.
"I would have been sad" if the council folded, she said.
The arts and crafts show "is a big event" for the community, O'Shea said. "I'm glad it's going to continue to be a tradition."
"That's what we talked about at the last board meeting: If the community wants it, it'll continue," she said.
The next meeting of the council is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the East Grand Forks Senior High School's community room.
Anyone who is interested in arts and crafts is welcome to attend, she said.