Bloss: AVA/CVCA merger bittersweet

Both sides agreed that it made sense but for those who have been involved with the Alliance for the Varied Arts through the years, the merger with the Cache Valley Center for the Arts has been bitter-sweet.CVCA Executive Director Wall Bloss says the AVA proposed the merger because the organization was struggling financially and there was duplication in expenditures in the space they share at the Ellen Eccles Theatre, Bullen Center and Thatcher-Young Mansion.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Bloss said the AVA has some excellent programs.”We’ve met with each of the individual programs,” Bloss said. “Some of them will just be folded directly into the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. For example, we’ll be running the Gallery Walk and we want that to continue because there’s a lot of interest. We’ll probably get everyone together that’s involved with that and look at some new ways of doing things.”Among the other programs, most of which will be preserved, are Logan Youth Shakespeare, Art Camp, Ceramics, Unicorn Theater and Valley Dance Ensemble. Bloss says most of the merger will be completed by the first of July.

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